BERLIN, June 26 (UPI) -- A genetic mutation has given a five-year-old child in Berlin, Germany, muscles twice the size of other kids his age and about half the body fat.
The child can lift 7-pound weights at arms length, a deed many adults find difficult, said Dr. Markus Schulke, a child neurologist who has been studying the boy since birth, the Deutsche Welle reported.
"He's a normal boy -- you don't see it, you wouldn't recognize him" out of a crowd, Schulke said. "He can just lift heavy things."
The child has a genetic mutation that blocks the production of a protein that limits muscle growth. It's the first known case of a human having such a mutation.
Schukle published his findings in the New England Journal of Medicine, saying the discovery might aid in the fight against muscle-wasting diseases such as muscular dystrophy.