112 People Whose Genetics Made Them Unique (New Pics)

Warning: this article might inspire you to pursue a career in genetics or to become a scientist. The world of genetics is fascinating, to say the least. It can make you feel like you’re living in a sci-fi book, instead of on Planet Earth, and there are plenty of examples that make us go, “Wow, I can’t believe this is real!”

Our team here at Bored Panda has put together this fascinating list of people who were born different from the rest. From small and subtle differences to larger ones that everyone would notice passing you by on the street, here are some of the most unusual examples of genetics at work. As you’re scrolling down this list, upvote the photos that intrigued you the most. And if you’ve got any entrancing tales about genetics in your family to tell all the other Pandas, we invite you to do so in the comment section.

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Intrigued by Mother Nature and in the mood for some more examples of unusual genetics? You’ll find them in Bored Panda’s previous two articles on the topic right here and here.

Even though the cases in this list are visually stunning and some might even be classified as ‘cool,’ unfortunately, genetics can also make it more likely that you develop diseases, including certain cancers. For example, 5 to 10 percent of all breast cancers are thought to be hereditary and caused by abnormal genes passed down from parent to child. Bored Panda reached out to experts in the field to tell us more about this.

#1 I Was Born Without Finger Or Toe Prints

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#2 I Was Born With Only Four Fingers On My Left Hand

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#3 I Have A Hereditary Gap In My Eyebrow

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Bored Panda reached out to the team at the UK-based Breast Cancer Now charity to learn more about this disease, the symptoms, the reasons why someone might develop it, and how to reduce the risks.

“There are many different risk factors for developing breast cancer, some of which we can’t control, like being female, getting older, and for some people, a family history of the disease. There is never one single cause of breast cancer, but rather it results from a combination of our genes, the surrounding environment, and the way we live our lives,” a representative of Breast Cancer Now explained to Bored Panda.

#4 I Was Cursed With A Belly Button That Sticks Out Through My Shirts

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#5 I (17M) Have Abnormally Long Arms 5’9 With A 6’6 Wingspan

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#6 Taylor Muhl Has A Rare Genetic Condition Called, Chimerism. She Is “Her Own Twin”

I have two sets of DNA, two sets of blood and immune cells. The two colors of skin pigmentation on my torso is from my and my twin’s two different genetic makeups. My particular case of Chimerism is linked to autoimmune disease.


I went undiagnosed for more than half my life due to the rarity of my condition. I’m now an advocate for Chimerism, it’s link to autoimmune disease and body positivity. My hope is to prevent others from going undiagnosed how I did.

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“There are things you can do to help to reduce your risk such as drinking less alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping physically active. Even the small changes like walking more or cutting down on processed foods can be a great start,” they said that there are lots of small lifestyle changes that can reduce the risks. Even though we can’t control everything, we can control some things.

Breast Cancer Now explained that breast cancer is the most common cancer in the United Kingdom. Around 55k women and 370 men get diagnosed with the disease each year. “1 in 7 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and 8 out of 10 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women aged 50 and over,” the representative told Bored Panda.

#7 A Rare Genetic Disorder Known As Cat Eye Syndrome

“The boy happens to have cat eye syndrome, a genetic condition that often leads to other detrimental health defects. All that said it was a good lesson…despite his challenges he had the most curiosity, the most to give.”

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#8 My Hair And Eyelashes Are Naturally Split Into Blonde And Brunette

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#9 My Beard Grows 1/4 Orange And Is Split At Pretty Much The Middle Of My Chin (Even Extends Up To My Bottom Lip)

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“Everyone’s breasts are different and can change with age and at different times of the month. No one knows your body better than you, so it’s important to get to know how your breasts normally look and feel so it will be easier to spot if there are any unusual changes,” Breast Cancer Now said.

“Most breast changes won’t be cancer but it’s important to report anything different or new to your doctor as soon as possible and get it checked out. The sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment may be.”

#10 My Vitiligo Has Turned Half Of My Upper Eyelashes White

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#11 My Sister Has Had Hair That’s Half Blonde Half Brunette Since She Was Born. 1989 vs. Today

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#12 I Have Partial Heterochromia In Both Eyes

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According to Breast Cancer Now, checking your breasts for lumps or swellings is very simple and you can remember what to do by using the acronym TLC: Touch, Look, Check. 

“It could be when you get dressed, or when you’re in the bath or shower or putting on moisturizer—just as long as you do it regularly and remember to check the whole breast and the surrounding area, including the upper chest and armpits. Most cases of breast cancer are found by women noticing unusual changes, taking the initiative, and visiting their doctor.”

#13 I Have A Birthmark In My Eye

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#14 None Of My Fingers Have A Middle Joint

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#15 The Right Joint Of My Thumb Never Developed. I Can’t Bend It

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Here are some of the most common breast cancer signs and symptoms: 

-“A lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest, or armpit. You might feel the lump, but not see it.

-Changes in the size or shape of the breast

-A change in skin texture i.e. puckering or dimpling of the skin

-A change in the color of the breast—the breast may look red or inflamed

-Rash, crusting, or changes to the nipple

-Any unusual discharge from either nipple.”

#16 The Amount Of Hair My Daughter Had At 2 Months Old

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#17 I Always Hid It, But Now I Want To Share With You My Birthmark In The Center Of My Forehead

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#18 A Few People Have Actually Said Wtf When Looking At My Eyes

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#19 I Was Born With Sectoral Heterochromia, Although It’s Rare

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#20 Our Baby Came Out With Some Hair

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#21 My Son Was Born With A Black Spot Of Hair In His Blonde Hair. It Grows In Black, And There Is No Birth Mark Or Discoloration Under It

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#22 To All The People With Four Fingers. Kneel Before Me

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#23 Been Seeing A Lot Of 4 Finger Havers, Here’s Me! I Was Born With 3 Of Them

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#24 Baby Chanco Was Born With A Lot Of Hair Which Kept Growing. This Is Her At 7 Months Age

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#25 This Hexagon Vein Structure On My Wrist

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#26 My Coworker’s Hand Is A Little Small

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#27 Amina Ependieva Has Two Rare Genetic Conditions: Albinism And Heterochromia

The former is a condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment in the skin, eyes, hair, while the latter is a difference in coloration of the iris. The two conditions together make this young girl extremely unique.

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#28 This Guy’s Super-Long Thumb

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#29 I Have Hyperhidrosis, Which Means My Hands And Feet Sweat A Lot. This Is How My Hands Usually Look

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#30 My Extra Finger

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#31 One Side Of My Facial Hair Turns Into A Swirl Near My Cheekbone

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#32 I’m Partially Blind In My Left Eye. It Doesn’t Show Any “Red Eye” In Photos

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#33 Loss Of Blood Flow To My Fingers Due To Raynaud’s Disease

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#34 My Newborn Son Covered Head To Toe In White “Fur”

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#35 My Feet Are Totally Flat

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#36 How My Vitiligo Changes From The Winter To The Summer

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#37 Mother And Her 1 Year-Old Son Have Very Uncommon Heterochromia Leaving Them With Beautiful And Mesmerizing Swirled Blue And Black Eyes

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#38 One Of The Coolest Birthmarks I Have Ever Seen

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#39 My Iris Is Misshaped But No Known Eye Problems After 25 Years

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#40 While The Veins On My Left Hand Say ‘Yo’, The Veins On My Right Hand Spell ‘Hi’

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#41 My Hair Is Half Blonde Half Brunette. Including Eyebrows

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#42 My Left Hand Is Missing A Finger As It Was What Formed My Thumb

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#43 I Have A Pair Of Moles, That Look Like An Eyebrow Piercing

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#44 Brazilian Family All Have 12 Fingers And Toes Due To Genetic Condition “Polydactyly”

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#45 I Have Six Toes On Both Of My Feets

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#46 I Was Born With One Of The Rarest Forms Of Belly Buttons In The World

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#47 My Son Inherited My Joined Together Toes

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#48 8-Year-Old Carter Blanchard And Rowdy The Dog Both Have A Disorder Called Vitiligo

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#49 The Freckles In My Eyes

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#50 I Have A Skin Condition Called Dermatographia Which Causes My Skin To Raise From The Smallest Scratch And I Like To Draw Flowers On Myself Sometimes

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#51 I Have Cystic Fibrosis. One Of My Scars Looks Like A Second Bellybutton

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#52 I’m 21 And Still Have 2 Baby Teeth

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#53 I Have A Rare Disorder Called Cleidocranial Dysotosis. Got My First Dental X-Ray Today And I Have A Lot Of Extra Teeth

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#54 I Am Allergic To The Cold

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#55 My Son And I Have Matching Freckles In The Same Spot

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#56 My Eyelashes On My Right Eye Started Growing White A Few Months Ago

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#57 My Girlfriend Has Freckles In Her Iris. They Look Like Marbles

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#58 I Inherited This Small Gap Between My Middle And Ring Finger From My Dad. Both Hands Are Like This

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#59 Off-Center Pupil I’ve Had Since Birth

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#60 Extra Finger

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#61 I Was Born With Crooked Pinkies, Which Is Also Called Clinodactyly

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#62 A Boy With Heterochromia

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#63 I Have A Double Earlobe

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#64 I Have Rare A Hereditary Disorder Called Multiple Hereditary Exostosis Which Causes Bone Growths On Various Body Parts

Normally these aren’t very noticeable, but the one on my forearm grew on my growth plate, causing the bone to grow in the opposite direction.

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#65 My Sister Has A Missing Knuckle. Her Finger Still Works But It’s Just Short

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#66 This Is My Sister’s Eye. She Has A Condition Called “Coloboma”

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#67 My Youngest Daughter Was Born This February With An Extra Finger On Each Hand

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#68 I Don’t Have Fingerprints

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#69 My Friends Palms Only Have One Line Going Through Them

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#70 My Natural Hair Is Brown With Blonde Patches

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#71 My Wife Just Gave Birth To Our Firstborn, And Me And My Son Both Have The Same Weird Genetic Abnormality Where We Have An Extra Large Space Between Our First And Second Toes

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#72 I Was Born With 4 Toes On One Foot

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#73 My Daughters Birthmark Is An Up Vote

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#74 My Pointer Fingers Are Missing Their Topmost Joints. I Can Only Bend Them At A Right Angle

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#75 My Thumb Is The Same Length As My Middle Finger

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#76 My Girlfriend’s Eyes Are Weird

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#77 A Super Thick Tuft Of Hair On My Newborn Daughter’s Head

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#78 I Have An Extra Crease On My Pinky Finger

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#79 I Was Born With My Left Ear Missing The “Rolled Hem” That My Right Ear Has

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#80 Her Birthmark Fits Perfectly With Heterochromia

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#81 I Have Fraternal Thumbs, 1 From Each Parent Due To A Genetic Mutation On My Dad’s Side (Unilateral Brachydactyly Type D)

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#82 I Have A Rare Genetic Condition Called Distichiasis (A Double Row Of Eyelashes). Sometimes They Grow Into My Eyeball

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#83 I Have Absolutely Ridiculously Flat, Wide And Ugly Middle Fingers And Thumbs Caused By Genetic Disorder Called Brachydactyly

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#84 I Have Pin-Sized Holes Either Side Of My Neck That Leak Sinus Fluid. I Believe They Are A Congenital Birth Defect Called Branchial Cleft Fistulae

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#85 I Have A Small Amount Of Sectoral Heterochromia In My Right Eye, Plus A Kind Of Interesting Eye Pattern

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#86 My GF And My Nephew Have A Very Similar Birthmark Despite They Aren’t Related At All

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#87 Thanks, I Hate Long Index Fingers

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#88 Mildly Interesting Photo Of My Eye That I Managed To Get In Focus, I Have Sectoral Heterochromia

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#89 My Brother Has A Perfect Hexagon Of Moles When Sitting Like This

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#90 I Got Stung By A Jellyfish 20 Years Ago That’s Effected The Cells In My Skin Meaning It Can’t Change Colour Due To Temperature

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#91 I Was Born With No Joints In The Middle Of My Fingers, I Cannot Make Fists

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#92 My Sons Nostrils Are Shaped Like Little Hearts

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#93 Love The ”Pattern” In My Wife’s Eyes

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#94 I Have A Heart Shaped Birthmark In My Eye

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#95 My Girlfriend Has Different Finger Structures

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#96 Heart Shaped Veins On My Eye

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#97 I Have A Tear Drop Shaped Birthmark Perfectly Placed Under My Right Eye

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#98 My Daughter Has Different Color Eyelashes

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#99 My Ear Has A Sharp Bump. It’s Fun To Touch

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#100 I Was Born With One Normal Thumb And One Toe Thumb

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#101 This Patch On My Skin Never Tans/Burns. I’ve Had It Since I Was Born

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#102 I Was Born With A Heart On My Head (Birthmark)

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#103 My Left Hand Pinky Finger Has An Extra Joint Crease But No Extra Joint

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#104 I Have Matching Triangle Freckles On My Arm And My Left Eye

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#105 I Was Born With Really Tiny Pinkies. Usually A Pinkie Goes Up To The Third Knuckle. Mine Barely Reaches The Second

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#106 I Was Born With Something Called The Sonic Hedgehog Gene Where I Had Three Thumbs Also My Pinkies Are Extremely Crooked

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#107 I Saw Some Say That They Have Sectoral Heterochromia, And I Raise You To Central Heterochromia

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#108 Met A New Cousin Yesterday With 6 Toes

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#109 My Face Birthmark

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#110 Poliosis Is The Localized Depigmentation Of Hair Follicles Resulting In A White Streak

It is also known as a Mallen streak or white forelock. It can be caused by genetic or environmental factors.

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#111 Finally Learned That This “Extra” Bone In My Foot Is An Accessory Navicular Bone

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#112 My Thumb Has Another Thumb Sprouting Out Of It

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