Placenta and Twins
Country: United States
Date: June 2006
I was told I have fraternal twin boys. However, I have
been told that
identical twins may have two placenta and this, I believe, was the bases for
calling them fraternal.
Even though their eye colors are slightly different, is it possible that the
boys are identical?
Twins either can be either
Monozygotic - i.e., twins developing from a single zygote. Such twins are
genetically identical (hence also called as Identical twins). These twins
are of the same sex and look very much similar to each other.
Dizygotic - i.e., twins developing from two separate ova and sperm cells.
Such twins are also known as "fraternal twins". There is a 50% chance that
both of them being the same sex (male, male or female, female) or different
sex (female, male).
All monozygotic twins are of the same sex but NOT all the same sex twins are
Placenta or their number do not influence characters such as eye color in a
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