Genes really give one a range in which one’s level on a characteristic may fall (called: the norm of reaction). For e.g., if I have the ‘tall’ gene, I could get a height within a certain range of meters depending upon my development, nutrition and health. But genes themselves have such variety (each gene comes in many versions called ‘alleles‘) that the extent of possible variation in the total human population (including people yet to be born) can be stupendous. I was reminded of this fact as I came across this pic with a news bit in my local newspaper:
He’s 2 ft 5 inches tall and he’s holding the shoe of world’s tallest man ever, Robert Wadlow (1918-1940) who was a topping 8 ft. 11 inches! His own name is He Pingping and he suffers from a certain bone deformity. The picture was taken on 13th February, Friday (2009) at a program held in Tokyo to launch the 2009 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.
Here’s an interesting story about Pingping’s visit to New York city at NY Times Daily.
By the by, if you are interested in looking at the world’s tallest man ever, here he is with his father: