The Scientific Secret of Strength and Muscle Growth
Want to know the secret to super-human strength? It’s all in the genes – namely, GDF-8, a gene responsible for creating a special protein called Myostatin that limits muscle growth. Studies have shown that champion body builders often have very low levels of Myostatin, or are completely lacking in the GDF-8 gene, so the question is, do they owe their success more to training or their genes?
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February’s brutal chimpanzee attack, during which a pet chimp inflicted devastating injuries on a Connecticut woman, was a stark reminder that chimps are much stronger than humans—as much as four-times stronger, some researchers believe. But what is it that makes our closest primate cousins so much stronger than we are? One possible explanation is that great apes simply have more powerful muscles.