Mutation in Myostatin Gene Makes a Strong Boy

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A genetic mutation in “mighty mice” is also found in a German boy with unusually large muscles, scientist say.

A four-year-old’s muscles are roughly twice as large as other children his age. Researchers found he has an inherited mutation in the myostatin gene, boosting muscle growth and reducing fat.

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