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Identical Twins

Identical twins are also known as monozygotic twins. They result from the fertilization of a single egg that splits in two. Identical twins share all of their genes and are always of the same sex. In contrast, fraternal, or dizygotic, twins result from the fertilization of two separate eggs during the same pregnancy. They share half of their genes, just like any other siblings. Fraternal twins can be of the same or different sexes.

Date:June 12, 2010
Credit:Darryl Leja, NHGRI
Dimensions:1927 x 1274
File Size:585 Kb
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