The Weird, Ever-Evolving Story of Your DNA – [The Atlantic]

Playing God is always harder than it looks.

via The Weird, Ever-Evolving Story of Your DNA – The Atlantic

Zimmer describes a bizarre twist on the free-martin: a girl with different-colored eyes and ambiguous genitals who appeared at a Seattle genetics clinic. Her ovaries proved to have only XX chromosomes—typical female—but her other tissues were mixtures of XX and XY. Further analysis showed that she had started out as opposite-sex twins. But early in development, the two embryos had fused, becoming a single, highly unusual child. Like a verse from the old Ray Stevens novelty song “I’m My Own Grandpa,” this girl was her own twin brother.

Does anyone else find this fascinating yet cool/bizarre?

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