An incredible case of polydactyly in the Bay Area:
DALY CITY, Calif. -- A Daly City couple is beaming after becoming the proud parents of a healthy but incredibly rare baby boy this month.I find stuff like this so fascinating. With fully functioning genetic variation like this mixed into our gene pool who can possibly imagine what our species will look like someday? And of course it reminded me of the piano player in this scene from the film Gattaca:
Baby Kamani Hubbard has six-fully formed and functional fingers and toes on his hands and feet. It's called "polydactyly" -- extra digits -- not an uncommon genetic trait, but Bay Area doctors say they've never seen a case so remarkable.
Born at San Francisco's Saint Luke's Hospital three weeks ago, Hubbarb seemed so perfect at birth no one noticed.
"Nurses and doctors, looked so normal they couldn't tell, they told me he was six pounds in good health, that was all they said," said Miryoki Gross, Hubbard’s mother.
But his dad Kris Hubbard noticed this spectacularly rare case of polydactyly: 6-perfect fingers on each hand and six perfect toes on each foot, which went well beyond a general trait that runs in his family.
"Some family member have had six fingers, not completely developed. But not the toes," said the 34-year-old Hubbard, a postal worker.