8 Weird Human Mutations

  • January 24, 2010
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Gigantism

Gigantism is when a person grows to an excessive height above the normal average adult. There are two types of gigantism. One is called pituitary gigantism, which causes the person to grown excessively in height and weight. Then there is a cerebral gigantism, which causes the brain to grow in an excessive amount causing mental retardation. In order to be diagnosed with this disease you have to be above one percent on several variations that are unhealthy for your genetic make up.

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Dwarfism

Dwarfism is used to describe a person that is less than 4 feet 10 inches tall, depending on the area. Some places have adults that are this tall and shorter for that area. There are over 200 causes of dwarfism. There is no cure for dwarfism. It can be caused by one or more genetic disorders. With dwarfism, comes negativity in society. There are those people that believe a dwarf has less intelligence or a social behavioral problem, but this is untrue. They can live and lead a normal live, with the same life span as an average person.

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Elephantiasis

This mutation will make the skin and underlying tissue swell and thicken. It is most commonly seen in the legs, scrotum or breasts. This is generally caused by a parasite released into the blood stream by a mosquito bite. The severity depends on the person’s immune system and the ability to fight the disease. It is commonly found in Africa. There are treatments for this mutative disease and some are effective. There is possible talk of eliminating the disease within the next eleven years.

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Arnold Syndrome

This syndrome has to do with missing clavicle bones. Everyone with this mutation is the descendant of one man. They are able to move their shoulders forward to the point of almost touching. Arnold had this mutation and took on seven wives and they all had children and the mutation was passed on. It has continued to be passed on throughout the years and all the people that have this mutation seem to know that the other person has it and realized that they are relatives in someway.

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The discovery of these mutations is some of the wonders of science. Some baffled the scientific world for years and most of the people that had these genetic mutations were outcasts. They were sent away from their villages, towns or cities and they ended up performing in circuses as the sideshow freaks. They may have been able to make a living and were excepted that way, but they were still the outcasts that no one wanted to deal with except on the circus level.

Written by Harmony Stalter – Copyrighted © www.weirdworm.com

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