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the many yous in you – the mom and the sponge

Lydia Fairchild was confused. She had applied for state benefits to look after her three children, but according to DNA tests, she was not their mother. It was ridiculous – she knew full well that the children were hers, but she was being taken to court nonetheless.

The reason for this turned out to be that Lydia is a chimera, a person with the genetic material of 2 fused eggs. The genes in her hair and the genes from her cervix aren’t the same, one being a match for her kids and the other not. For the full explanation and how it relates to sponges, see the link above. Can you imagine the murder mystery?



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

5 thoughts on “the many yous in you – the mom and the sponge

  1. Yes it’s a fascinating story and terrifying for the mother, also complicated. Can you imagine being told no it’s impossible you’re not the mother of your children? How crazy making.

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