Mixed race twins: Different skin colors
Most things aren’t always in black and white. But these twins, born on July 11, to an interracial couple in Germany are – one Black, the other White. Stephan Gerth is German and white. His wife, Florence Addo-Gerth, is from Ghana and has dark skin. The first baby, Ryan has light skin and blue eyes; the second, Leo is dark-skinned with brown eyes.
"None of us could believe it," said Birgit Weber, the maternity ward's head doctor. "Both kids have definitely the same father."
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The odds one in a million, but it is possible for fraternal twins if the genes combine in a certain way. According to Peter Propping, former director of the Institute for Human Genetics at Bonn University the Florence may have had some white ancestors, or Gerth may have had black ones. Very occasionally, the roll of the DNA die may cause the baby of biracial parents to inherit only the genetic coding for one color.
Similar occurrences have happened before. In 2005, a British couple Kylie Hodgson and Remi Horder, both born to mixed-race parents, had twin girls – one blond, fair skinned and the other dark skinned. In 2006, Kerry Richardson, Nigerian and her partner, who is white, got twins who were both born light-skinned. But as they got older, one got darker while the other got lighter.
Just like all siblings, their differences are more than skin deep. They also have different personalities; Leo is quieter and Ryan temperamental. The parents seem to have taken all this well. Gerth told the German newspaper Die Welt that it was a real surprise but added that the most important thing to him isn’t color, but that everyone is healthy. His wife says her children were born looking exactly as they should. "God has decided that my children should have different skin colors."
Wonders never cease. Congrats to the family.
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