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Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Woman gives birth to twins with different fathers in 'rare' case
The twins were taken for DNA testing due to their ‘strikingly different’ appearances, it has been reported
It can occur when two eggs are fertilised by the sperm of two menPhoto: Layla Lang/PA
An 'extremely rare' case of twins born with different fathers has been reported in Vietnam after a DNA test was ordered.
The bi-parental twins were taken for testing because of stark differences in their appearances, according to local reports.
Twins born with different fathers can happen if two eggs from the same mother are fertilised by sperm from two different men during separate acts of sexual intercourse within the same ovulation period, AFP reports.
A case of twins with different fathers has been reported Photo: PA
Le Dinh Luong, president of the Genetic Association of Vietnam, told the news agency it was an extremely rare case.
“Our Centre for Genetic Analysis and Technology lab has tested and found a pair of bi-paternal twins,” he said. “This is rare not only for Vietnam, but for the world.”
The report was published by the state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper, who said the results indicated that the man was related to only one of the babies.
His family suggested he should get the DNA test as the twins, who are now two years old, look completely different, the report added.