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The person was the biological father.
a parent who has conceived (biological mother) or sired (biological father) rather than adopted a child and whose Genes are therefore transmitted to the child.
I know it's not as interesting as "SPOOKY SPACE GHOST IMPREGNATES MOTHER" as a narrative but hey.
It's the same person. The "brother" doesn't exist. The person in question has a mixture of his and his brother's DNA. That's all.
originally posted by: OHTheHumanity
a reply to: GetHyped
Yes, obviously. The brother exists enough to produce sperm with his DNA in it. It's besides the point.
No, this is the "SPOOKY SPACE GHOST IMPREGNATES MOTHER" fantasy again.
The brother does not exist. The "brother" existed in the womb as some cells. THose cells merged with the person's cells. The person now has a mixture of cells, some with DNA A, some with DNA B. That's it.
“So the father is the fusion of two people, both the child’s father and uncle. That’s wicked cool,” said Starr.
Prepare to have your mind blown. This is the fascinating case study of a man who failed a paternity test because part of his genome actually belongs to his unborn twin. This means that the genetic father of the child is actually the man in question’s brother, who never made it past a few cells in the womb.
At this point, Starr’s team decided to delve a little deeper, with the idea that the man could possibly be a “human chimera,” i.e. an individual with different genomes. It’s actually not uncommon for multiple fertilizations to happen in the womb even when only one child is born. What can sometimes happen is two independent early embryos, at this stage just clumps of cells, actually fuse together and go on to develop normally as a single individual.
I think chimera is evidence of how powerful is the survival instinct, that the dying twin ensured her DNA would be passed on regardless, as in the case of the father in the OP's story. I wonder if there was a 'mix' of genetic information going on there or if all of the father's sperm was actually the unborn brothers? I did not see anything in the article saying the eldest child was tested and found to be the father's natural conceived/born child.
To test this theory, DNA samples were taken from both the cheek of the father, which was used for the original paternity tests, and also his sperm. Once again, the cheek cells didn’t match up with the child, but the sperm sample told a different story.
Supporting the human chimera idea, what they found was a “major” genome, accounting for roughly 90% of the sperm cells, and a “minor” genome that only represented about 10%, Starr explained. The major genome matched up with the cheek cells, but the minor genome was consistent with the child’s DNA.