They have contrasting skin tones, eye colours and hair types.
But remarkably, these two babies are actually identical twins.
Amelia and Jasmine Appleby, who have just celebrated their first birthday, are thought to be the first ‘black and white’
genetically identical twins born in the UK.
Despite coming from the same egg, the siblings look strikingly different and are often mistaken for step-sisters.
Amelia was born with dark skin, black hair and brown eyes, while Jasmine emerged with fair skin, blue eyes and mousey curls.
The siblings, who have identical genetics, are thought to be first of their kind in the country.
Today, their mother, Libby Appleby, told of how she was warned that her babies would be almost impossible to tell apart ahead of their birth.
But when they arrived, even the medics were shocked, she said.
“When they were born, we were flabbergasted, even the doctors couldn’t believe it,” said Ms Appleby. “They look like they’re different races.
“Amelia is the spitting image of her dad, while Jasmine is a mini version of me.”
The mum, who lives in West Rainton, County Durham, with her longtime partner, Tafadzwa Madzimbamuto, added that strangers often assume their daughters are step-sisters.
“We get a lot of funny looks when we tell people the girls are actually identical,” she said.
Ms Appleby and Mr Madzimbamuto, 40, an electrical engineer, found out they were expecting in June 2014.
Three months later, they were told it was twins and medics at University Durham Hospital warned them their children would be so identical they would be tricky to tell apart.
Ms Appleby said medics ‘gasped’ when they delivered the twins – who are monozygotic, meaning they were formed in the same embryo but developed in separate sacs.
She added: “We put them next to each other in a cot and couldn’t believe how different they were.
“Amelia was so much darker than Jasmine, they barely even looked related.
“Doctors told us the chances of conceiving mixed race twins are one in a million.
A sample of Ms Appleby’s placenta confirmed that the twins are 100 per cent genetically identical, despite their contrasting appearances.
“I don’t blame strangers for thinking they aren’t sisters, because they do look nothing alike,” the mother said.
“The girls are just noticing the difference in their skin colour now, but they’re so wonderful and unique.
“Looking back, it’s funny that we were worried we’d never tell them apart.”
This young billionaire paid a company $10,000 to kill him and preserve his brain
A 32-year-old Silicon Valley billionaire and tech entrepreneur, Sam Altman, has paid to join a waiting list of people who want to be killed so his brain could be preserved.
Mr. Altman desires that his brain lives forever digitally.
Mr Altman paid this huge amount to Nectome — a start-up that promises to preserve your brain so it can – hopefully, one day – upload it into a computer to grant your consciousness eternal life.
According to the company, the method that will be used is “100% fatal”.
“I assume my brain will be uploaded to the cloud,” he said.
Mr. Sam Altman joins twenty four other people who have also paid to join a waiting list at Nectome.
The company essentially proposes to embalm your brain – while you are still alive – with the intention of uploading it to a computer if or when technology permits, so that you can live digitally forever.
Netcome’s chemical solution can preserve a body for hundreds or potentially thousands of years so one day scientists may scan your stored brain so it can be reborn as a computer simulation.
The embalming chemicals need to be pumped into the client while they are still alive because the processs requires ‘fresh brains’ so that it can effectively kill them.
“The user experience will be identical to physician-assisted suicide,” Nectome’s co-founder Robert McIntyre, a computer scientist, said.
The company believes the process could particularly appeal to people with terminal illnesses.
According to a mirror.co.uk report, Nectome’s storage service is not for sale yet and there is still no evidence that memories remain, or can be extricated from dead tissue.
But the company already has a waiting list of future clients, ready to jump on the opportunity if or when the procedure becomes legal.
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