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Do twins have the same fingerprints ?


Do identical twins have the same fingerprints?

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Mr. Boxy
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While identical twins may have the same DNA, fingerprints are created partly by genetics and partly by conditions in the womb. Twins will have the same basic shape (radial loop, ulnar loop, double loop, etc,) and the same number of ridges, but fine details will be different between them. Even children from octuplet births have these distinctions.

While it's more probable that genetically identical people will have the same fingerprint, it's estimated that the chance of two people having a single identical fingerprint is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 - that's sixteen billion times the earth's current population. Factor in the likelihood that more than one fingerprint will be available at a crime scene, and it seems unlikely that duplicate fingerprints will ever be an issue, even if we manage to spread humanity across the universe.

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