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What is the difference between Twins and Clones?

Asked by Marlon , Last updated: Jun 30, 2020

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Hanneke

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Hanneke , Teacher, PhD, Ontario

Answered Jun 02, 2020

Twins and clones may look alike, but they have many genetic differences. Twins are naturally formed between a mother and a father. Therefore twins will have two parents. Clones are genetically made through science. They are created through a process known as bio-engineering. Twins are born at the same time, while clones are created at different times. Being that twin are a natural process, they are accepted as so in society. However, cloning as been the subject of much debate. Many feel it is not ethical to clone animals or other mammals. The alternate viewpoint is that cloning is an important part of science.
 

C. Marcus

C. Marcus, Content Developer, Washington

Answered May 26, 2020

Two offspring that are born simultaneously are called twins. These twins may be either identical or fraternal. Identical twins possess the same phenotype and genetic make-up. This pair of offspring look the same as each other. Fraternal twins have been fertilized by different sperm cells.

This process is possible because they are a creation of the splitting of one zygote into two separate embryos. Clones, on the other hand, come from being artificially formed in a Petri plate, unlike with twins, whose insemination is accomplished within the security of their mother’s womb. With cloning, the expertly constructed embryo is manually split and then implanted in different wombs.

The surrogate mother can then provide security, nourishment, and development to the unborn children until it is time to deliver the baby.

 

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