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Heteropaternal superfecundation…

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Fair and balanced?  Well, not so much…  But interesting?  You bet!

Fox News reports:

A Texas mother of twins got the shock of her life when doctors revealed that her 11-month-old boys do not have the same father.

Mia Washington decided to get some expert advice when she and her partner noticed that twins Justin and Jordan had different facial features.

Paternity tests then revealed what had happened — two eggs had been fertilized by two different sperm and there was a 99.99% chance the twins had different dads.

Doctors at the DNA lab in Dallas, Texas had never seen such a result.

Washington later admitted she had had an affair and got pregnant by two different men at the same time.

The phenomenon is indeed rare– but sufficiently common to have an official medical name…  yes, “heteropaternal superfecundation.”

As we marvel at the miracle that is human life, we might note that on this date in 1899 the first speeding ticket issued in the United States was bestowed on NYC taxi driver Jacob German, who was stopped for travelling down Lexington Avenue in his electric cab at the “breakneck” speed of 12 mph.  While German was booked and held briefly in jail, he was not required to hand over his license and registration– as licensing and registration weren’t started in New York State until two years later.

circa-1900 electric cab (manufactured by Riker)

Written by LW

May 20, 2009 at 1:01 am

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