Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mutants of Nature

The conjoined twins occur when a cell a fertilized egg begins to divide but then does not completely separate. Often, this process renders any potential fetus nonviable, however, in this case, a conjoined Gummy Bear was birthed. It just proves that the Gummy Bear womb/matrix is a complex entity that the biologists have yet to fully understand

A conjoined Gummy Bear occurs about 1 in every 500 Gummy Bears. While a solid color pair is the most common form of conjoined Gummy Twins, on occasion it is possible to find a pairs of non-similar colors. The cross-colored conjoined Gummys are often culled due to societal pressures.

Other food animals experience conjoining. The Marshmallow Peep is the prime example of this. However, this is not truly a case of conjoined birth. During the developmental process, Peeps fail to undergo a specific process of apoptosis. For those unfamiliar, apoptosis, or programed cell death, is the process that removes the webbing from our fingers and toes in the womb. This cell death rids the body of extra tissue that was used as an initial framework in the womb for growing a body.

The Peeps lack of distinct features is the clear sign that apoptosis did not occur. A little known fact about the Peep is that the central peep is actually the only one with consciousness. If apoptosis had occurred the adjacent Peeps would have sloughed off in the Peep womb/matrix and then been recycled creating an uber-peep.
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