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Twin differences

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Difficulty: Advanced 7
Cost ($): 10
Time required: < 1 day
1 hour to prepare, 1 day for the science project experiment
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The participation of pairs of twins of the same race is required
Required Skills: None
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The hypothesis that  identical twins  have similar physical appearances but different fingerprints, is proven to be true.

Twins have identical DNA and they cannot be separately identified in a DNA test. Despite having the same DNA and the same appearance, there usually are some slight differences  between  them that will enable their parents to tell them apart. As the twins age, the different environments they find themselves in will result in differences in their physical appearances.

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For more reliable results, science experiment should be repeated by increasing the number of participants in each group and tabling the average results.

What do you think your observations would be, if the science project were to be repeated, only this time, by examining the DNA of the different types of twins?

Try to repeat the science project experiment, involving older participants.


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