Rare Facts, Twins Born with Different Skin Colors

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A pair of twins with different skin colors were born in the Quincy, Illinois, United States. They were named Kalani and Jalani by Whitney Meyer and Tomas Dean, both parents. Although the color of the skin is different, their faces have similarities. Moreover, both are women.

The twins did have two parents of different races, their mother is white, and their father is black. Kalani mimics her mother’s genes, while Jalani inherits the genes of her father. Although different skin color, their DNA is the same.

The existence of these rare twins became viral in cyberspace after their parents uploaded their photos in April 2016. The fact of the incident finally discussed by experts in population genetics from the University of Edinburgh, Jim Wilson.

According to Wilson, the possibility of twins with different skin color that can occur one compared to 500 births of parents with different races.

These twins are generally called dizygotic twins or derived from different eggs. Each embryo gets a different gene, one from her father and one from her mother. Which is dominant, that’s what will grow more prominent.

In the case of twins with different skin colors, the dominant genes that grow and develop from each embryo are different. The result they have different skin color and eye color.

Another type of twin is derived from one egg, called monozygotic (identical twins). Usually, they will have a very similar face because it comes from one split egg.

“They are the same girl, just different skin color. We should love both, and love all people regardless of skin color,” said the mother, Meyer to the Today page.


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