Newly Discovered "Hulk" Protein Could Make You a Beefcake Without the Weights

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So you want to be muscular, buff, ripped, but you don't want to have to work for it. Who does? Well here's some good news, researchers have identified a "Hulk" protein that could give you crazy muscle mass with no effort on your part.

Grb10 is the protein in question, and researchers at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have found that disrupting the gene responsible for it can cause crazy boosts in muscle mass. That's right, it seems that you need to get rid of it, not get more of it. In the study, published in The FASEB Journal, a group of mice with a disrupted Grb10 gene were far more muscular than their control counterparts, both at birth and during adulthood.

There are, of course, some caveats. In this study, the whole beefcake-ifying process started in the womb, so there's no hope you could get the same treatment. These are also mice, not men. Nonetheless, this all points to an important protein that, in the future, could be extremely valuable in the treatment of people with muscle-wasting diseases, like muscular dystrophy or type-2 diabetes. It could also make you super buff, but heading to the gym is probably going to get you results a little sooner. [Medical Xpress via Geekosystem]


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Next step: focusing that protein to just affect certain muscles. That would put a lot of spam companies out of business...(you know which ones I