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The importance of zygosity knowledge for twins, parents and professionals


Craig, JM and Cutler, TL and Murphy, K and Rankin, M and Denton, J and Schofield, D and Otlowski, M and Umstad, MP and Carrick, SE, The importance of zygosity knowledge for twins, parents and professionals, International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, 7, (3) pp. 6-12. ISSN 2054-0779 (2020) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Zygosity refers to the degree of genetic similarity within each pair of twins. Monozygotic (identical) twins have the same genetic sequence, whereas dizygotic twins differ genetically as much as any pair of siblings. Accurate knowledge of zygosity is important for a range of reasons; yet incorrect information on whether twins are monozygotic or dizygotic is still given to twins and their parents. This article focuses on why zygosity testing is so important medically, socially, financially and ethically/.

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Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:twins, zygosity, ethics, medicine, social issues, parenting
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Otlowski, M (Professor Margaret Otlowski)
ID Code:140474
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-08-20
Last Modified:2020-12-01

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