Babies in the News: Infant Twins Have Different Skin Color

This is an interesting story and for those of you fascinated by twins and their development, be sure to take note. In Great Britain, there are a pair of twin boys who were born with different skin colors. According to experts, this is a rare genetic occurrence. According to fetal and development experts, there is only a one in a million chance for twins to be born with different skin colors.

In an interview, aired on British Sky News, Kerry Richardson, the mother stated that both boys were born white, but as they have aged, one twin developed darker skin as the other grew lighter. Today, though the twins look very similar, they are distinctly different in skin coloring.

The mother, Richardson, is of mixed race descent coming from both English and Nigerian heritage. The father is Caucasian. According to Oxford University, these types of births are extremely rare but not unheard of. The genes that result in skin color are often combined and mix together in order to determine the color of the skin.

In this case, the genes for skin color apparently did not combine in these twins. Each boy may have inherited a different genetic code for skin color from their mother that resulted in their current condition. Though both boys are remarkably noticeable in their different skin colors, they are very healthy and there seems to be nothing wrong with them, though their mother indicates they attract a lot of attention wherever they go.

While this seems almost like a soap opera plot device, the reality is that we are still far from understanding the genetic code fully and even when twins look identical, they may not contain identical genetic coding. The Richardson twins favor each other in bone structure and looks and the only major differences in their appearance seems to be their skin color and hair. For my part, I think they are both beautiful and a beautiful testament to the brotherhood of man, literally.

Have you ever met twins with different skin colors?

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Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.

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