For those who don't want to read the whole story below, here's the bottom line question - Would it be possible to put gorilla genes into a human body to increase strength?
The strongest man in the history of the world - as measured by lifting the heaviest possible weight off the floor into a standing position - could lift 455kg. This person had a bodyweight of about 160kg.
The heaviest lift by a man that weighs less than 60kg is 310kg.
For women, the heaviest lift ever was 305kg by a lady with a body weight of 110kg. For ladies that weigh less than 60kg the record is 227.5kg!
All of these feats of strength were achieved by physically talented individuals after DECADES of dedicated training and with correct dieting and probably also the ingestion of large quantities of performance enhancing drugs.
I've read that a female chimpanzee in a zoo (she had a body weight of around 50kg and obviously led an almost sedentary lifestyle with no training, a normal diet and obviously no performance enhancing drugs), performed a one handed pull of more than 360kg whilst in a rage!!!
This is scientific evidence to prove the almost obvious fact that animals are MUCH stronger than humans.
I can't even imagine how much a silverback gorilla with a bodyweight of 180kg+(?) will be able to do, but figures like 700kg+ pops up in my mind!
Why is it that they are so much stronger than us?
My guess is that there must be as few as one or two genes that code for a different variation of protein in a gorilla's myofibrils as compared to a human, that gives them the increased maximal contraction.
If this is so, I also guess that it will only be a matter of time before humans start using "gene therapy" techniques to improve their own strength by adding the gorilla variations to their own bodies, which will lead to inbelievable new levels of performance in sports!
Am I on the right track?