Omaha World-Herald

‘Twin Gene’ May Be Fraternal Twins' Link

Nancy Segal, psychology professor and founding director of the Twin Studies Center at California State University, Fullerton, discusses fraternal twins. Segal also authored “Born Together-Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study.”

Vicki Still has a history of pulling double duty.

In 1979, she and husband Terry had twins. Six years later, they did it again. Their lone non-twin child, Tyler, just had twins of his own this year.

The 59-year-old grandmother from Bedford, Iowa, has a twin aunt and uncle, twin great-aunts and -uncles, twin cousins, cousins with twins and one aunt who absorbed an undeveloped twin in the womb, leaving a sac filled with tiny fingernails inside her abdomen for a doctor to find in the 1960s.

Over five generations, Vicki (Sleep) Still counts 12 sets of twins in her family. Follow a different branch down the Sleep-Thompson family tree and there very well could be more. Of her father’s 10 siblings, she knows at least four have twins somewhere along the line. Continue reading.

 

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