Skip to comments.Jackson husband & wife shocked after DNA test reveals they are biological twins
Posted on 04/15/2017 1:25:15 PM PDT by Gamecock
A doctor at a fertility clinic in the Mississippi capital of Jackson has made a startling revelation concerning a couple who sought treatment at the center. The married pair, who cannot be named to due to patient confidentiality restrictions, had been struggling to conceive and came to the clinic to take part in the IVF program.
During the in vitro fertilization process, we take a DNA sample from both the male and female to get a profile of their genetic backgrounds, the doctor involved told Mississippi Herald, whose name must also be suppressed to protect the identities of the patients.
Its just a routine thing, and we wouldnt normally check to see if there was a relationship between the two samples, but in this case the lab assistant involved was shocked by the similarity of each profile. The lab assistant summoned the doctor, who knew almost instantly that the patients must have been related.
My first reaction was that they must have been less-closely related; perhaps they were first cousins, which does happen sometimes. However, looking closer at the samples, I noticed there were way too many similarities. The doctor consulted the patients files, and noted with shock that both had the exact same birth dates listed in 1984. With this in mind, I was convinced that both patients were fraternal twins.
The doctor now had a dilemma on his hands: did the married couple already know that they were twins, and had yet still married and now hoped to conceive a child together? Or were they blissfully unaware of the situation. It was a difficult subject to raise, but I had to discuss it with them, said the doctor.
During their next appointment at the clinic, the doctor did his best to break the news gently. They burst out laughing when I asked them if they knew they were twins, he said. The husband said that a lot of people remarked on the fact that they shared the same birthdays, and looked similar to each other, but he said it was just a funny coincidence and that the couple were definitely not related. The poor man had no idea.
After the doctor insisted that the DNA evidence proved the pair were twins, the couple started to take him more seriously. The wife kept pleading with me to admit I was joking, and I wish that I was, but they had to know the truth, said the doctor.
Once the news had sunk in, the doctor tried to establish how the twin brother and sister had unknowingly wed each other. From what we were able to piece together, the biological parents of the couple had died in a car crash when the couple were infants, and they had no close family willing to adopt them. Theyd been taken into state care, and were adopted out to separate families. Due to a filing error, neither foster family had ever been told that their adopted child had a twin.
The doctor explained that the couple had met during college, and a relationship between the pair soon flourished. They were attracted to each other due to their similarities, said the doctor. The fact that theyd both been adopted, after their parents had died, meant theyd both experienced a similar childhood, and they felt they could really connect with each other. If only they had known the truth, it could have saved them so much pain later on.
For now, the couple are reported to be considering the future of their relationship. I really hope they can work something out, said the doctor. For me, its a particularly unusual case because my job is all about helping couples conceive a child. This is the first time in my career that Ive been glad I havent succeeded in that regard.
From a legal standpoint, marriage between siblings in Mississippi is prohibited and subject to a prison term of up to 10 years. However, the maximum fine is only $500, which critics have claimed encourages marriage between siblings or close relatives. In this case, however, it is believed the couple involved will not face charges due to the unique circumstances of their case.
In before a Game Of Thrones reference.
Pray for this couple.
Lord, give them the wisdom of Solomon to make the right decision.
I’m calling BS.
Yikes. To make it even worse this had to have occurred in Mississippi which has a reputation for this kind of thing. Poor people. I wonder where they go from here. Has to be very traumatic for them.
Im calling BS.
EWW. Definite mood killer. How can he uh, you know, while thinking it’s his sister? EWW
Some major changes obviously need to be made.
Utter fake site.
Just read this article. It’s gibberish.
Not me. Life is stranger than fiction.
Forgot about that plot.
Yeah, but this ain’t it.
Fake story, fake news site.
I mean real fake news, not propaganda from the media.
It encourages marriages between siblings?
I can't get my head around that.
Attraction Guided by Our Genes:
We might like to think we’re in control of who we fall in love with, but our genes have already made the choice for us.
BY TALAL AL-KHATIB OCTOBER 19, 2015 3:00 PM EDT
Opposites attract. It’s a basic principle of magnetism that has long been applied to romance. But the problem is that research on relationships shows that this notion, which sounds all well and good in song form, doesn’t ring true in practice.
Instead, we tend to be attracted to people who are similar to us in one way or another. It’s a phenomenon known as assortative mating. Assortative mating can be seen across traits like race, age, facial characteristics and body type, all of which have a genetic basis.
Individuals in fact tend to seek out someone with similar DNA, finds a joint analysis of Latino communities in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States by researchers at the University of California San Francisco, Microsoft Research, Harvard, University of California Berkeley, and Tel Aviv University.
Photos: Mating in Nature is Wild
Couples who pair up in these communities often have similar genetic ancestry, which proves stronger in determining mate selection than other socioeconomic factors, such as education levels, which itself has shown to be a powerful predictor of attraction in previous research.
In fact, ancestry was so similar in the populations studied that the average couple was the genetic equivalent of between third and fourth cousins. This degree of genetic relatedness among mating pairs could have potential health implications, both positively and negatively, as recessive alleles are more commonly passed in partners with similar genetic profiles.
There is a limitation in this study in that the research, appearing the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), in that it focused on ethnically homogenous communities. Other studies have found similar results, however, when looking at different populations.
Photos don't lie:
#1 on the list of things you don’t want to hear.
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