Polydactylism

A boy was recently born in California with 24 fully functional digits- one extra on each limb. It’s supposedly an incredibly rare thing to have exactly one extra on each limb and have them all work perfectly. The full story is listed here. (story on BBC.co.uk)

For me it brings Gattaca to mind, a movie about purposeful and controlled genetic manipulations in humans.  In the film people have all their genes determined before birth so they can be as perfect as possible.  In the movie, there is also mention of a twelve fingered pianist who plays compositions that are impossible for someone with ten fingers. Anyone who hasn’t seen gattaca should definitely give it a try.

Think twice before making your child a football star before he’s born…

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~ by candlehand on February 6, 2009.

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