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Double degree success for twins
Sarah (l) and Claire Mahoney
Sarah (left) and Claire plan to study for Phds at Manchester
Identical twins Sarah and Claire Mahoney are celebrating after gaining identical degrees - with just a 1% difference in their marks.

The 22-year-old Warrington sisters studied biochemistry for four years at the University of Manchester and graduated with first-class honours.

The pair also got the same A-level results - four As in the same subjects.

Their 10 GCSE grades were also almost identical. Claire managed an extra A, while Sarah received a B.

The women are planning to return to the university in October to study for identical Phds before beginning careers in research.

'Very close'

Sarah said: "Claire will be better at some areas of a subject while I'm better at others, but when the overall results come in we're always very close.

"For the degree, our final mark was based on our second-year exams, eight final-year exams, projects and a placement in industry."

The twins went on different work placements and did different things, but still ended up with the same mark.

Sarah added: "We're quite similar anyway. We like the same clothes.

"Personality-wise, well you'd have to ask someone else. They tend to say I'm a bit louder!"

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