A BBC report cites research demonstrating that, shockingly, twins don’t feel their individuality is undermined by sharing genetic code with someone else, in support of the idea that the same would hold for clones. On the one hand, I can imagine someone doubting whether this finding sheds all that much light on, say, how it might feel to be one of 30 clones of someone who’s not a contemporary, but rather has already lived his own life, possibly creating a set of expectations about how his “copies” will act. But my real gut reaction was: Do we really need a study to tell us that twins don’t feel like anonymous drones? If anything, don’t all those similarities that come from sharing a set of DNA just underscore for people all the ways they’re still unique? And can anything really trump the unavoidable fact that all your hurts and joys and fantasies and fears are… well… yours?
Breaking News: Twins Each Distinct, Actual People!
July 19th, 2006 · 2 Comments