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New year, new biracial twins mystery!

I’ve always been fascinated by multiple births (Jon and Kate is Tivo-ed almost daily!). Twins are my favorite because you always hear about mysterious twin connections and phantom feelings-so interesting. When I first saw Cheryl and Karen Grant of Chelmford, England in a 2003 Teen People article, their image in particular I’ve never forgotten. Daughters to a Caucasian fabric shop worker mother, and a Jamaican bricklayer father, born in 1983; Karen looks black verses her sister who looks white.


Apparently their split parental genes were passed down in an unusual manner. Instead of blended skin tone twins, we have Cheryl without any of her father’s black genes and Karen a dominate masking of her mother’s recessive white genes. Million to one odds I certainly accept, but with more than a few million people on the planet today, it stands to reason that this genetic outcome would happen more than once.

Fraternal twins can be as different or as similar as regular siblings because they’re two separately fertilized eggs, twins just being born at once. Scientists explain that while the pigment genes commonly blend to various degrees, chance reveals the results could end up being opposite.

There’s been a rise in twins and other multiple births in the past several years because there’s also been a rise in the use of fertility treatment. Two sets of twins similar in instance to the Grant sisters were born to fertility aided parents. Marcia and Millie in England in 2006


and Ryan and Leo of Germany in July 2008.


This uncommon occurrence though appears to be most prevalent among naturally created children. The Grant twins did not have parents aided by fertility treatment, nor did Leah and Miya, born in late 2008. The start of 2009 came with the report that they were the second set of racially different in appearance twins born to their British. Picture below is the whole family including their older twin sisters, Haleigh and Lauren born in 2001.


The previously mentioned twins, obviously are the offspring of interracial couples, the next twins to be discussed all have parents of mixed racial backgrounds as well. The then teenage British parents Kylie Hodgson 19, and Remi Horder 17, parents to Remee and Kian born in 2005, both are biracial with white mothers and black fathers themselves.


Alicia and Jasmin, 2006, of Australia, have a German father, and Jamaican and English mother.


Layton and Kaydon, 2006, a Nigerian and English mother.


Orlando and Natalia, 2008, half Italian father and West Indies Indian and Jamaican mother


To dispel any ideas that may or may not be floating in the back of anyone’s mind, let me additionally explain that in most of these births DNA tests were preformed to confirms parental identity. In the 1800’s there was actually a case involving a woman giving birth to half sibling twins that did not share the same father. You can guess how that happened… I say one reported case in that particular instance because while Koen and Tuen, born in the Netherlands in 1993, are also twins that do not share the same father, they were the result of what their hospital called a “regrettable mistake”.


Their Dutch parents were more than surprised by Koen’s skin tone. French gypsies and Mongolians are in the couple’s family tree, but this situation was the result of lab equipment error preformed by their fertility clinic that mixed another man’s sperm with the mother. Even more interesting is the 1999, Staten Island, New York, case of Mrs. Fasano and Deborah Perry-Rogers. This invitro mix up case actually involved several of Deborah Perry-Rogers who’s black, and her also black husband’s fertilized eggs being implanted in Mrs. Fasano, a white woman married to a white man, into her body. Following the birth of the two completely separated racial and parental boys carried to term in one womb by the same woman, these “twins” were split amongst their respective parents after a custody battle ensued. Hmmm…twin brothers that actually aren’t even technically related-I’m telling you twins are fascinating.

–Posted by Maggie Barnes


Filed under: bi-racial, Maggie Barnes

2 Responses

  1. Dominic Nkosi says:

    Wow…that’s something new. I think I’m going to do research on that for a science expo. Please send me tips and more info regarding this matter. Send to thanks.

  2. […] New year, new biracial twins mystery! […]

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