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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Black and White Twins

February 24, 2006
British couple Kylie Hodgson and Remi Horder, both born to mixed-race parents, had twin girls – one who is blond and fair-skinned and one who has dark coloring.
Remee, who weighed 5lb 15oz, was blonde and fair skinned. Her sister Kian, born a minute later weighing 6lb, was black. Kylie Hodgson, 19, from Nottingham, UK, gave birth to twin daughters by caesarean section in April of 2005 because one of the girls was lying in an awkward position in the womb. Both Kylie and her partner Remi Horder, 17, are of mixed race. Their mothers are both white and their fathers are black.

The odds against of a mixed race couple having twins of dramatically different colour are a million to one. If a man or woman is of mixed race, his or her eggs will usually contain a mixture of genes coding for both black and white skin.

But, very occasionally, the egg or sperm might contain genes coding for one skin colour. If both the egg and sperm contain all white genes, the baby will be white. And if both contain just the versions necessary for black skin, the baby will be black. If a sperm containing all-white genes fuses with a similar egg and a sperm coding for purely black skin fuses with a similar egg, two babies of dramatically different colours will be born. VIA

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