8 Super Powers Caused By Genetic Mutations

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Humanity shares a common ancestor, yet we come in a wide variety of appearances due to genetic mutations. Every now and then, genetic mutation gives some humans something other than just a change in appearance; something extraordinary to mankind. Check out the following super powers caused people got from their genes:

hours of sleep or less sufficient. People with this gene have more intense REM states and so feel absolutely fine

after waking up from fewer hours of sleep than we most need.

6. No Increase of Bad Cholesterol

Being born with a missing gene is usually problematic, but that is not the case with people born missing copies of

PCSK9. Lack of this gene made the ones missing it miss having an increase in cholesterol no matter how fatty

their diets are. This trait encouraged drug manufacturers to work on blockers of PCSK9 and we might see it

approved by FDA soon.

5. Great Bone Density

Osteoporosis and other bone fragility problems develop with aging. The reverse of osteoporosis happens by the

mutation of the SOST gene that stimulates bone growth. Individuals carrying two copies of the gene get a

dangerous case of gigantism, yet those who inherit only on copy just have higher bone density. Researches are

being executed to benefit from SOST to eliminate osteoporosis.

4. Adaptation to Extremely Low Temperatures

Our bodies react to cold temperatures by shivering and we usually can’t take extremely cold temperatures for long

periods of time. However, there are people like Inuits, aboriginal Australians and indigenous Siberians who are

better adapted to cold temperatures and can thrive in conditions others humans cannot handle.

3. Seeing Well Underwater

Vision requires refraction of light from the air to our eyes. When you change the medium you are looking through,

by looking through water for example, the angle of refraction changes resulting in blurred vision. Moken people,

who spend a lot of time in the sea, have their eyes adapted to see clearly under water at depths that can reach 22

meters.

2. Protection from HIV

When HIV comes to invade cells, it enters through the CCR5 proteins. There is a genetic mutation that disables this

protein in people; thus making it hard for the virus to enter cells. Although this mutation is very helpful against HIV,

the deadly virus still finds a way to enter cells in a number of people lacking CCR5.

1. One Copy of a Deadly Gene to Defy a Deadly Disease

Sickle cell anemia is a condition caused by genetic mutation where red blood cells are deformed to have crescent

shapes. People with two copies of the gene responsible for sickle cell anemia die from the condition. However, one

copy of the gene helps its carriers to be resistant to malaria as the malaria parasite wouldn’t recognize the sickleshaped

blood cells.

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