June 29th, 2009

One twin claimed her blood, the other her bladder

I’m fascinated by the idea of chimeras, which happens when twins become one person in utero very early on in the pregnancy. According to Wikipedia, “For example, the chimera may have a liver composed of cells with one set of chromosomes and have a kidney composed of cells with a second set of chromosomes. This has occurred in humans, and at one time was thought to be extremely rare, though more recent evidence suggests that it is not as rare as previously believed. Most will go through life without realizing they are chimeras. The difference in phenotypes may be subtle (e.g., having a hitchhiker's thumb and a straight thumb, eyes of slightly different colors, differential hair growth on opposite sides of the body, etc) or completely undetectable .”

Go here and start about 4.5 minutes in to hear about a woman who discovered she was a chimera when she was told DNA tests showed she was not related to her sons.



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Good publishing news for friends

From Publisher's Lunch:
Children's: Young Adult
Another book in Alyson Noel's NYT bestselling THE IMMORTALS series and a new middle grade series spin-off that will feature the younger sister of the protagonist, to Rose Hilliard at St. Martin's, in a major deal, for seven figures, with the new series first publishing in fall 2010, by Bill Contardi at Brandt & Hochman (NA).

The Pursuit of Happiness and What Happens Here author Tara Altebrando's CONEY ISLAND HIGH, about a girl who inherits her grandfather's house on Coney Island and sets about discovering her late mother's past - and Coney's - while struggling for acceptance among a clique of freaks at school, to Julie Strauss-Gabel at Dutton Children's, in a two-book deal, for publication in Summer 2011, by David Dunton at Harvey Klinger (World). Here on LJ we call her taltebrando.

Author and illustrator team Greg Neri and Jesse Joshua Watson's high concept young adult novel, GHETTO COWBOY, based on a real-life community of African-American cowboys in Philadelphia, to Andrea Tompa at Candlewick, by Edward Necarsulmer IV at McIntosh & Otis (world English). Here on LJ we call him gneri.



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How Alice Hoffman learned the downside of Twitter

Who wouldn't want to Twitter? Share what's happening with you right as it happens!

Maybe authors should think twice, though. At least about saying what they really think. Like it might be a bad idea to call a book reviewer a "moron," and then Tweet her phone number and email address and encourage outraged fans to contact her. As Alice Hoffman did for a reviewer at the Boston Globe.

Read more here.



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