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My 'scientific' genetic study suggests boys will be boys and girls will be bossy; DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR A FIRST-TIME DAD OF TWINS.

Byline: Richard IRVINE

TWINS are often used in medical studies to determine whether we're a product of our environment or genes.

This is because they're both raised at the same time in the same conditions by the same parents and therefore provide an insight into who's to blame for whatever they're up to.

In our case, we have dizygotic twins, so they're from different eggs and share roughly 50% of the same genes.

Thomas and Emma are obviously not identical, primarily because one's a boy and one's a girl, but we can learn a lot about development from them.

Some twins are from the same egg and share almost 100% of the genetic material.

This makes them identical and is useful in discovering whether genetics or environment determine physical characteristics and illness. However, our twin type can tell us whether parenting is a waste of time and genetics will determine who they are and not us.

Bing: on In this improvised scientific study, we're going to examine key behavioural markers in Thomas and Emma to see what makes us who we are.

Firstly, Emma enjoys helping to unload the dishwasher, whereas Thomas shows little interest in household chores and seems happiest playing with a plug socket.

Secondly, the girl twin forms words more clearly than the boy twin. He is quieter, slightly more withdrawn and simply doesn't speak as much. Intriguingly, there is definitely no environmental reason for this as both children are afforded equal attention.

Thirdly, boy twin is a somewhat simpler creature, content with a toy bus to play with or happy to simply listen to a book about a dinosaur who's tragically lost her children.

Whereas, girl twin is demanding of both attention and time. She wants things done now and often repeatedly asks the same question until she receives a suitable answer.

Easy-going is not a word you'd apply to Emma whereas the boy can be contained with an episode of Bing.

In short, our experiments over the last two years show us we have two genetically different but identically raised offspring displaying behavioural differences.

The girl exhibits bossiness, cleanliness and a somewhat aggressive impatience. She also appears to be manipulative, talkative and a little demanding. The boy is unaware of danger and happy playing with a large bus or watching television. He also gets upset if the girl takes things from him.

The conclusion in this study seems to confirm it is nature rather than nurture, but we can also finally say girls will be girls and boys will be boys.


Bing: Effective on the male twin

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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Richard IRVINE
Publication:Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2020
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