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Twin couples' offspring are siblings not cousins?

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Default Twin couples' offspring are siblings not cousins?



Say you have identical twin girls and identical twin boys, and one of the twin girls marries one of the twin boys and the other twin girl marries the other twin boy.......... and now say these 2 couples have offspring.... will their offspring be (genetically speaking) siblings (when really they are "cousins")?
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Yes they would still be cousins.. Because the children would be nieces and nephews to each set of twins.. and in turn would be cousins to each other.
There would no way be siblings.
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Default Re: Twin couples' offspring are siblings not cousins?

The offspring of the twins couples should inherit different combinations of genes, so they will be genetically different. It is almost impossible for they to inherit the exact information, since it has to be the same in both quantity and quality (how many, and which genes, respectively).
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Default Re: Twin couples' offspring are siblings not cousins?

Interesting question. Genetically speaking, the cousins would have the same proportion of similar genes as siblings would. Normally, with diploid organsims (i.e. containing two sets of chromosomes), parents each donate 50% of their genetic make-up to their offspring - but of course the 50% is a random sampling. Therefore, the children share 50% of their genes with both parents and 50% with any siblings. Cousins, that is offspring of siblings, share 25% of their genes (assuming outbreeding) because their parents shared 50% and half of these were passed on to the cousins.

In the example, the parents of the two cousins are identical twins and therefore share 100% of their genes. So this is in fact genetically equivalent to the cousins having the same parents. The cousins thus share 50% of their genes, rather than the normal 25%. This means they are as closely related as siblings are, though of course they are under normal definitions considered cousins.
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