For those of you out there who want to gain “Hulk-like” mass without lifting a weight – you’re in luck.
Australian scientists think they have found one of the molecular keys to muscle growth – a protein that promotes weight and muscle mass gain without any exercise.
The protein Grb10 – which the scientists dubbed the “Hulk” protein has a significant effect on the growth of muscle mass in animal subjects without any change in physical activity or diet.
“By identifying a novel mechanism regulating muscle development, our work has revealed potential new strategies to increase muscle mass,” said Lowenna J. Holt, Ph.D., a study author from the Diabetes and Obesity Research Program at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia
In their experiments, normal mice who were injected with Grb10 in the early stages of growth saw significant more muscle mass that their normal counterparts, without any differences in diet or environment.
Researchers were quick to point out that they are unsure whether Grb10 will have the same effect on humans as it does on animals. However, if the protein actually does work on humans, it could be used to treat patients recovering from injury as well as those suffering from muscular dystrophy.
Of course, many people might take advantage of this protein so that they can finally look like Lou Ferrigno.