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  1. #1 Liam Hoekstra :World's Strongest Toddler..Anything Special? 
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    I'm sure that many bodybuilders may have a similar genetic mutation that went undiagnosed, as the discovery of the myostatin gene was relatively recent and the gene hasn't been studied extensively yet. So, what should we expect from this kid at age 20? A 600 pound bench press? Does it depend on whether or not he trains often?:

    http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/i...ll_muscle.html


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    Watched the video, i would be very wary about material like this. The kid seems to be hothoused (did the other kid doing press ups have so much practice time in thev gym).
    I ma not saying its staged, I am just stating that there is a lot of dubious stuff like this from eager families. Savants get a similar press.

    Has he actually been confirmed for the gene mutation?

    Even if this is true, the hothousing would destroy the objectivity of any observational data.

    Doubtful here

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    I may have missed it, but I didn't read anywhere in the article that a medical doctor had actually diagnosed the child with myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy, but rather the family is merely claiming he has it because he can do a few more sit-ups than the average child his age.

    Update to my post:

    The only thing I could find on the web about this kid that was not an article from a media site was a small excerpt in the Wikipedia explanation for myostatin: "An American boy born in 2005 (Liam Hoekstra) diagnosed with a clinically similar condition but with a somewhat different cause:[17] his body produces a functional myostatin, but a defect in his myostatin receptor makes his muscles not respond to the myostatin signal."

    I'm still not convinced... I would like to see it acknowledged in a medical journal, or have a doctor verify the diagnosis.
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