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Twin of Man Jailed for Murder Since '03: I Did It

Illinois man 'fesses up, but prosecutor says he's lying

(Newser) - Karl Smith took the witness stand last week in Illinois and dropped a bomb on a Cook County courtroom as the twin brother he hadn't seen in years looked on: "I'm here to confess to a crime I committed that he was wrongly accused of," Smith... More »

Twin Moms Give Birth to 2nd Set of Twins Weeks Apart

Double joy for Utah sisters who also live near each other and work together

(Newser) - Identical twin sisters from Utah each recently gave birth to twins—again. Kerri Bunker and Kelli Wall delivered twins within weeks of each other at a hospital in Orem, south of Salt Lake City, the AP reports. Years ago, they gave birth to their first sets of twins, now 4-... More »

Couple's Identical Twins Could Be Born Months Apart

Link was born 23 weeks into his mother's pregnancy, with Logan still in utero

(Newser) - Just 23 weeks into Holli Gorveatt's pregnancy, she gave birth to Link, who weighed in at 1 pound 2 ounces and, right on the edge of viability, stands a 10% chance of normal development. Just as astounding is that Link has an identical twin brother Logan who remains in... More »

Cops Figure Out Which Twin Is Serial Rapist

Frenchman had same DNA as brother

(Newser) - It was a mystery that standard DNA testing couldn't solve: Which one was the evil twin? Police in Marseille, France, were stumped after DNA linked to a serial rapist led to identical twins Yoan and Elvin Gomis . Both were jailed until a breakthrough in the case was made through... More »

Woman Gives Birth to Her Identical Twin's Baby

Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker's breast cancer meant she couldn't have a second child

(Newser) - There are identical twins who have special bonds, and there are the Ardolino sisters, who live just three blocks from each other in Mineola, New York. Between them they had three sons: Dawn Ardolino Policastro has a 7-year-old and 3-year-old; sister Allison Ardolino Dinkelacker has a 6-year-old, Dylan. But now... More »

Florida Family's Battle: 3 Kids, 2 With Leukemia

Liam, now 5, was diagnosed days before his little sisters were born in 2013

(Newser) - Three small children two years apart present enough challenges for any parents, but throw leukemia into the mix and you have the truly daunting case of Lacey and Will Smith of Jacksonville, Fla. Just days before identical twins Emma and Ella were born 8 weeks early in 2013, their big... More »

Scientists Find Way to Distinguish Twins' DNA

Researchers may have just made prosecutors' lives easier

(Newser) - Identical twins share an identical DNA profile, and when you're an investigator examining DNA evidence, that can be a problem. The cases may be rare, but they exist, legal expert Jennifer Mnookin told the New York Times last year amid a rape case involving a suspect with a twin:... More »

Study: Why Mosquitoes Like You More

Study suggests our genes control scents that attract or repel mosquitoes

(Newser) - Mosquito bites aren't just annoying. They can be lethal, especially in certain parts of the world where they spread malaria and Chikungunya. Now a pilot study out of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine suggests that our genes dictate whether mosquitoes are attracted to us, researchers report... More »

Woman Doesn't Know She's Pregnant, Births Rare Twins

Shelby Magnani went to doctor with sharp pain in side

(Newser) - Twins are rare, occurring in roughly 2% of all pregnancies. Of those, monoamniotic twins —in which the babies share both a placenta and amniotic sac—are even more uncommon, happening in fewer than 1% of all instances of twins. But what makes an Iowa woman's pregnancy absolutely singular... More »

Michael Jordan, Wife Expecting Twin Girls

Bruce Willis also expecting new baby

(Newser) - We knew Michael Jordan and his new wife were expecting a baby —but it turns out they're expecting two. Jordan and Yvette Prieto's identical twin girls are due in April, E! reports, just about a year after the couple wed. Another celebrity baby coming soon: Bruce Willis'... More »

In Single 5th-Grade, a Record Number of Twins

Highcrest Middle School's 24 sets look to be new Guinness record

(Newser) - Wilmette, Ill., might seriously want to get its water checked: When 11-year-old brothers Luke and Ryan Novosel started scheming on the wacky or weird ways in which they might land in the Guinness Book of World Records, they eventually gave up on loudest burp and found their answer in their... More »

Texas Woman Births 2 Sets of Identical Twins

Odds of that: One in 70M

(Newser) - A Valentine's Day miracle? A Houston mom brought two sets of identical twins into the world last week—a phenomenon with a one-in-70 million chance of occurring naturally, doctors say. Tressa and Manuel Montalvo used no fertility drugs to conceive the children, they say; before catching a third heartbeat,... More »

'Inseparable' Twins, 73, Found Dead Together

They had Hollywood past, became recluses

(Newser) - Police in California are trying to unravel the puzzling deaths of identical twin sisters, reports the AP . Patricia and Joan Miller of South Lake Tahoe were entertainers as kids in the 1950s, performing on TV and before the troops, but they turned into recluses for most of the last 40... More »

Autism Tied to Environment in New Study

But which environmental factors remain a mystery

(Newser) - Burgeoning cases of autism are strongly linked to the environment, researchers have discovered. A study of twins indicates that while genetics plays a role, the environment is a more significant factor. The study used results among both identical and fraternal twins, and a mathematical formula that determined that genetics accounts... More »

Parents, Stop Working So Hard at ... Parenting

Lighten up, you matter less than you think: Bryan Caplan

(Newser) - Economics professor Bryan Caplan has advice for all those stressed-out parents in the world: Lighten up, you don't matter that much. As the father of twins, Caplan has immersed himself in twin research, which imparts this lesson: "With a few exceptions, the effect of parenting on adult outcomes ranges ... More »

Jose Canseco Busted Sending Twin to Paid Event

Celebrity Boxing putting 'stop-payment' on the check it gave Ozzie Canseco

(Newser) - Score another one for Jose Canseco's relentless quest to make the entire planet mad at him: This time it's Celebrity Boxing, which discovered on Saturday that the Canseco it paid $10,000 to show up at a match was really Jose's twin brother, Ozzie. The boxing group made the discovery... More »

Twins Born Seconds Apart, in Different Decades

Florida brothers come into the world near stroke of midnight

(Newser) - A weird quirk of the calendar in a Tampa delivery room: Marcello Velasco was born at 11:59:37pm on New Year's Eve, and his identical brother, Stephano, arrived at 12:00:02. Which means that not only do they have different birthdays, but they arrived in different years and... More »

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