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Thu 19 Jul 12 #1 
USS Palladin
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The following is true.

A woman is diagnosed with kidney failure. It is so acute that she faces imminent death. She is married with three grown children. It is customary in situations like this to find possible donor matches within her immediate family. So, her husband and children, siblings are all tested. The tests come back showing that she is not a match with any of them and in fact the tests show that she is not even the mother of her own children. The woman has never been unfaithful, NEVER, was present at the conception and gave birth to each of her children through natural means. The genetic tests prove that her husband is the father. She requests that the tests be repeated as she is positive that they are HER children. The tests don't lie, she is not a genetic match with her own children despite all of the above. There was no baby switching at the hospital, the children actually do have a familial resemblance to both the mother and father as should any natural born child.
Care to venture as to the reason for this?
And why might this have profound implications for the future?


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Fri 20 Jul 12 #2 
USS Palladin
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No, natural conception, natural birth.


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Fri 20 Jul 12 #3 
kevg
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I think somebody got their blood tests mixed up, possibly the hospital would make a mistake in one case and mix up babies but 3 would be pushing it.


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Fri 20 Jul 12 #4 
USS Palladin
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Well that is a good thought!

And I forgot to add that the woman was incensed that the tests would come back telling her that she wasn't the mother of her own children so they ran the tests again.
The result was the same, she may have conceived them and given birth to them but she is NOT genetically related to them.

I will have to check but I believe the answer lies deep in the archives of the Factopedia. :-)

I just checked and yes it is in there and you have probably answered the question correctly in the past. :-)


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Fri 20 Jul 12 #5 
USS Palladin
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Yes she was a human chimera.

Not a mythological creature after all. :-)

And the implications for the future? :-)


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Sat 21 Jul 12 #6 
caro
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I saw this story on tv last night. It was really interesting.


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Sat 21 Jul 12 #7 
soupy
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they used a surrogate motherand ai so she ccould have been present at the inceptions but not be the natural mother


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Mon 23 Jul 12 #8 
JMK
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Fascinating, seem to be some posts that have been deleted up there.

Could be interesting as better genetic testing allows more of these people to be identified, certainly has some interesting legal implications.


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Tue 24 Jul 12 #9 
USS Palladin
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Yes, I see some posts have been deleted...hmmm.

I am sure there are some legal implications but it brings to the forefront some interesting bio-ethical questions.

The Israelis have gone ahead and mastered this technique. Somewhere in Israel there is a rat with rat sized kidneys but they are really just miniature human kidneys. So maybe we can start using pigs to grow replacement human hearts, sheep for replacement human lungs, etc, etc, etc. You might not need to die due to organ failure.


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Tue 24 Jul 12 #10 
JMK
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Of course then there can be the issues of cross-species disease transfer.


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Wed 25 Jul 12 #11 
jmaxg
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That does happen relative to twins that have not manifested and there is at least one other record of that happening according to a documentary I have seen.

The person is essentially existing with two completely different sets of DNA inside. In the case of fraternal twins, that DNA sequence will not be the same. And that is the case on record.

Astounding, but true.


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