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comment Do twins “run in the family”?
I think it would help if some of your comments were added to the answer. I particularly appreciate: "it doesn't seem possible to just eat a bunch of soy beans, let's say, and have twins as a result." On the other hand, the practical aspect of my question is really a statistical one. Are the genes for twinning very rare or do they just rarely produce twins?
Aug
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comment Do twins “run in the family”?
The Nature site is working for me. An interesting quote: "Intra-uterine selection may be responsible for the Hardy−Weinberg deviation and we may in fact be dealing with a gene involved in the intrauterine survival of dizygotic twins." I'm not sure I understand that, but it sounds like this study doesn't link genetics to hyper-ovulation, but survival in the womb. Most of the information I've read so far point to a genetic link to the number of eggs released instead.
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comment Do twins “run in the family”?
Do you have a source for: The propensity for heterozygotic twins seems to be driven primarily by genetics?
Aug
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comment Do twins “run in the family”?
Hmm... I read those references as well and my impression was that nutrition did have a significant effect. The age factor sounded more like a function of fertility treatments than age itself. (We were actually trying to hold off on more children as it happens--our birth control failed.) It does seem like a reasonable thing to point out is that my wife is not herself a twin. But I'm more curious about the question of whether searching back through the family tree is a waste of time, statistically speaking.
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