Calgary Herald

The twins will tell you the truth

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Re: “Identical twins not actually identical: scientists,” March 31.

This article is a typical example of the waste of time and money by academics in needless studies, while the conclusion­s are so obvious that they’re painful.

Apparently, now they have discovered the revolution­ary fact that identical twins do not share identical genes. Had the scientific process involved asking the right people, this “stunning” conclusion could have been known years ago, and at a much lower cost.

I am an 80-year-old identical twin. I don’t need to know the relationsh­ip between schizophre­nia and heredity to know that my twin and I are geneticall­y different.

We have known this for most of our lives without the help of any scientific gobbledygo­ok.

We look the same, but there are other physical difference­s that probably related to our father and mother.

Being an identical twin has always been a lot of fun, but we have separate strengths and weaknesses and we certainly are not 100 per cent cloned.

Dr. Shiva Singh’s genetic difference­s may be a stunning and revolution­ary finding, but to my brother and me, it’s old hat and a no-brainer.

Robert A. Dunlop, Calgary

 ?? Herald Archive, Reuters ?? Marie Hendrix, left, and Gabrielle Vaudremer, 100-year-old identical twins, celebrate their birthday at the Chateau Sous-Bois retirement home in Spa, Belgium, last fall. Reader says twins already know what science wastes time and money to learn about...
Herald Archive, Reuters Marie Hendrix, left, and Gabrielle Vaudremer, 100-year-old identical twins, celebrate their birthday at the Chateau Sous-Bois retirement home in Spa, Belgium, last fall. Reader says twins already know what science wastes time and money to learn about...

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