20 of the Most Shocking Physical Mutations
You may have noticed that there’s a growing trend towards body acceptance and positivity and embracing all different types of looks. However, most of the time this involves things like fuller figures, copious tattoos, or strange piercings, rather than physical mutations. But now, people who have interesting genetic mutations are sharing their stories in hopes of raising awareness about the “new normal” when it comes to bodies. Some of these mutations affect other animals as well. After you see these 20 mutations, your idea of normal will be flipped upside down.
Double Muscle Mutation
There have a been a few wild news stories about toddlers with super human strength, and this genetic mutation explains why. When a child doesn’t produce enough of a protein called myostatin, or else they don’t react to it, they will become outrageously strong.
“Chimeras” is a term from Greek mythology which refers to life forms with traits from two different genetic components. It may show up as two different coloured eyes, or different hair colors on the same creature. It is a result of two eggs merging after conception, but it has also been seen in blood cells and in plants.
About one in 380,000 people are affected by this condition, which results in a buildup of excess uric acid beneath the skin. It causes arthritis, as well as kidney and bladder stones, but it also has neurological effects. Those who suffer from it often exhibit self-mutilating behaviours.
Polycephaly is a congenital condition which results in an animal having two or more heads. This is the result of multiple embryos fusing, and it is the same phenomenon that results in conjoined twins.