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Doctors Are Baffled By A Genetic Mystery Found In This Indian Village

Jan 12, 2015

Everybody has an opinion on twins. Some people would give anything to have a twin, some wish they weren't part of a twinship,  and others couldn't bear the thought of being without their beloved twin. Some people squeal with delight at a set of twin kids in matching outfits. Still, others watched "The Shining" and are forever a little unsettled by the thought. 

But this one Indian village, Kodinhi, is a very unusual case. In this tiny town of just 2,000 families, it holds a record 204 pairs of twins. Here are a few facts about this mysterious twin town.

Kodinhi is about 15 miles from the larger city, Malappuram, on the western side of the country.


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Twins make up a whopping 10% of the town's entire population.


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Other than Kodinhi, other towns in India have one of the lowest twin birth rates in the world.


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There are 45 twins born for every 1,000 births. Contrast that to the rest of India, where it's 4 twins per 1,000 births.


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Although researchers are fascinated by this phenomenon, it still remains a mystery.


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This is a relatively new happening for the town. It began in 1949.


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When men and women marry partners who are not from Kodinhi, they are still much more likely to have twins.


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Even stranger, the twin birth rate in Kodinhi is actually increasing.


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Although the age of twins in the town does range.


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Despite the mystery, the village of Kodinhi feels blessed to have its remarkable twins!


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