In a report published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers said they used prenatal genetic testing to identify a set of "semi-identical" twins, USA Today reported.
It's believed that the twins - now four years old - were formed when one egg was fertilized simultaneously by two sperm, according to Fisk. The semi-identical twins, on the other hand, were found to be "100 percent identical on the mother's side and 78 percent identical the father's side, so this averages out to being 89 percent identical", Gabbett tells Gizmodo's Ed Cara.
Non-identical twins, or dizygotic twins, can share completely different genetic features. According to a press statement about the research, the twins are only the second set of semi-identical twins ever reported in the world, and the very first set to be identified while still in utero.
"I think if you dressed one up as a boy or the boy up as a girl, you could pass them off as identical twins easily". They found just one other instance of semi-identical twins, which was reported in the United States in 2007.
Doctors caught on to the semi-identical twins during the mother's routine ultrasounds.
Franternal twins - those that aren't identical - share half of their DNA, whereas identical twins share all of their DNA.
"Three sets of chromosomes are typically incompatible with life and embryos do not usually survive", he said.
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In addition, the girl and boy each have male and female sex chromosomes - in other words, each twin has some cells that carry an XX pair (female) and some that carry an XY pair (male).
It's unclear how many other semi-identical, or "sesquizygotic", twins are out there, but it's likely "extraordinarily rare", said lead author Dr. Michael Gabbett, the diagnostic genomics course coordinator at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation in Brisbane, Australia.
"The mother's ultrasound at six weeks showed a single placenta and positioning of amniotic sacs that indicated she was expecting identical twins".
Australia's Queensland University of Technology has announced that a pair of young Brisbane twins, a boy and girl, have been identified as only the second set of semi-identical twins in the world, and the first to be identified by doctors during pregnancy. "It's this odd place in between", chief author Dr. Michael Terrence Gabbett of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane told Reuters Health in a telephone interview.
Sesquizygotic twins were first reported in the U.S. in 2007.
"In the case of the Brisbane sesquizygotic twins, the fertilised egg appears to have equally divided up the three sets of chromosomes into groups of cells which then split into two, creating the twins", Gabbett said in the QUT report.
To see if this phenomenon had occurred elsewhere, the Australian researchers looked at genetic data from 968 fraternal twins and their parents. As a result, doctors also had to amputate her arm. Three years later, doctors discovered that the same twin had a condition called gonadal dysgenesis, a condition affecting the development of the body's sex organs.