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1 Term 3 Science ACE Formation of twins Updated 2012 Copyright Ng Wei Kai (2i1 16)

2 Fertilisation Before we learn more about twin conception, let us first understand how single babies are formed via fertilisation. A single ovum is released once every month from a womans ovaries during the ovulation stage of the menstrual cycle.

3 Fertilsation The ovum then travels to the uterus via the fallopian tube. During this period, sperms from males swim up the fallopian tube to mate with the ovum. The male and female gametes fuse to form a zygote, restoring the diploid number of chromosomes

4 Fertilisation After fertilisation, the zygote goes through mitotic cell division known as cleavage. Many cells are then formed from the cytoplasm of the zygote This ball of cells is called a blastocyst The blastocyst then embeds itself in the uterine lining

5 Fertilisation Upon implantation, the developing baby is called an embryo. After 9 months of development, it will become a fetus. During this period, it is protected by the amniotic sac, which is filled with amniotic fluid. Supplied nourishment and oxygen and removed of waste via the umbilical chord and placenta.

6 Twin conception Now that we understand how single babies are formed, let us move on to the conception of twins. Two types of twins: 1. Identical (monozygotic) 2. Fraternal (dizygotic)

7 Fraternal twins Two-thirds of all twins are dizygotic occur when two sperm fertilize two distinct eggs. In this instance, rather than releasing one egg during ovulation, the mother has released two.

8 Fraternal twins Fertilisation of two separate ovum results in two distinct embryos. However, if these embryos implant very near to each other along the endometrium, the two placentas can become fused. Genetically similar, not identical

9 Multiples births Multiple births can also be carried out using this process if more eggs are released For example, if three eggs are released and fertilsed, the children born would be known as trizygotic triplets.

10 Interesting fact! Nadya Suleman from Bellflower, California gave birth to 6 males and 2 females, who were conceived via In-vitro fertilisation, on January 26, 2009 They are fraternal since they have different genders.

11 Identical twins Occurs when one sperm fertilises one egg Instead of having the blastocyst remaining as one cell group, it splits in two. The two balls of cells then develop into two different embryos.

12 Identical twins Since the twins come from the same fertilsed egg, they will share identical features such as same gender.

13 Bibliography [Untitled image of fraternal twins]. Retrieved 17 August 2012, from : 530_468x317.jpg 530_468x317.jpg [Untitled image of gestation]. Retrieved 17 August 2012, from : [Untitled image of identical twins]. Retrieved 17 August 2012, from: [Untitled image of fertilsation]. Retrieved 17 August 2012, from: twingraphic-6a.grid-6x2.jpg twingraphic-6a.grid-6x2.jpg

14 Bibliography [Untitled image of the Suleman octoplets]. Retrieved 17 August 2012, from: [Untitled image of blastocyst]. Retrieved 17 August 2012, from: Twins. (n.d.). Retrieved 15 August, 2012 from wikipedia: Neer, K. (n.d.). Howstuffworks.com. Retrieved from


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