Of course witnessing mutant super powers in fictional, CGI-enhanced Marvel movies is exciting. However, there are real people with equally real super abilities due to their gene-based conditions. Mutations are the means by which new variants are added by nature into the genetic pool. Every time the human genome photocopies itself, there are approximately 100 new mutations.
Scroll to find few medically verified human abilities coming from small changes in genetic code.
Jet-Man: Swiss professional pilot and aeronautical engineer Yves Rossi realized the first jet-pack-powered flight. Claiming to be inspired by his hero Batman, Rossi throws himself out of a plane. His jet pack is adept of flying at a speed of 160 mph for at least six minutes. (Image: Instagram)
Torture King: Tim Cridland’s superpower was his unimaginable pain tolerance. Lucky you could say, the former member of the Jim Rose Circus was born with a mutation which disables feeling of pain the way normal people do. Major in sword swallowing, fire walking, sleeping on beds of nails, body skewering and electrocuting himself, he feels everything that touches him. However, malfunctioning receptors in his nerve cells just don’t register pain! (Image: Instagram)
Elastic Stomach: Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi can eat large amounts of food without any difficulty. His stomach sits far lower than that of the average human, giving him the unique ability to expand his stomach upwards. His unnamed digestive condition surprised the doctors because of the elasticity of the stomach. (Image: Instagram)
Mr Eat Everything: French entertainer Michel Lotito was popular as Monsieur Mangetout or ‘Mr. Eats All’ because of his rare digestive disorder. The condition he suffered from, known as Pica, is categorized by the appetite for in non-consumable objects made of glass, rubber, dirt, rocks and metal, among other things. He could eat sharp metal objects without harming himself due to the abnormally thick lining in his stomach and intestines. (Image: Instagram)
Godhand: Choi Yeong-eui, later known as Masutatsu Oyama was popular for his super karate. Korea born could kill a bull with his bare hands. In his lifetime, he fought and killed 52 bulls. He could kill with one blow and was considered the living demonstration of the Japanese trooper's adage "One strike, certain death." Apart from fighting livestock, he got himself tested in a Kumite, a series of two-minute combats, against various opponents. (Image: Facebook)
Superhuman Strength: Michigan boy Liam Hoekstra’s rare genetic condition blocked protein myostatin responsible for inhibiting muscle growth. Though he doesn’t boast of car-tossing fantastical strength, his larger muscles make him inherently stronger without any training. (Image: Instagram)
Hyper Photographic Memory: Actress Marilu Henner is one of the few people in the whole world to have a condition known as hyperthymesia. The condition enables total memory recall which means the person can go back decades and remember the tiniest detail on nearly any given day rifling through memory. (Image: Instagram)
Super Flexibility: Character actor Javier Botet is remembered for his portrayal of the emaciated creature in the horror film Mama, The Mummy, and Slender Man. Botet was detected to have an ability to bend himself in ungodly poses hence the natural spookiness. The genetic condition is known as Marfan syndrome. It affects connective tissue giving the person long limbs and extremely long and fine fingers. (Image: Instagram)
Disease Resistance: When the gay, black, and Latinx community during the 80s and early 90s were ravaged by the AIDS epidemic, one man stood untouched. Stephen Crohn was detected with a "delta 32 mutation," which guarded his CD4 white blood cells hence he was completely immune to HIV. He is also known as "The man who can't catch AIDS." (Image: Instagram)
Super Endurance: Finnish Olympic skiing champion Eero Mantyranta had genetic super endurance power. Mantyranta’s rare condition was a result of a mutation in the erythropoietin receptor gene. His trait allowed him to carry 50 per cent more oxygen in his bloodstream was advantageous in endurance competition. (Image: The Olympians.Org)