Today’s discussion topic comes from QSFer Freddy MacKay:
Can we have a topic about the effect of being able to differentiate twins genetically (their non-coding, or junk DNA, is different) might have on stories? Considering we now have a way to go back to trial cases and correctly identify the twin in the case, future stories will be impacted by this kind of development.
That’s interesting – I hadn’t even heard of this one. We take it as an article of faith that identical twins are, well, identical. There’s even a “twin twist” on Big Brother this summer, with a set of twins taking turns in the House without any of the other house guests knowing.
But I have known several sets of twins, and there often are telltale differences.
What impact would the ability to definitively tell them apart have on a story? Maybe someone figures out a way to cheat the system anyhow? This could be fun. Discuss.