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Man Who Blamed Identical Twin for Rapes Gets 140 Years

California's Kevin Konther ultimately didn't get away with attacks that happened more than 25 years ago

(Newser) - In 2019, DNA testing led investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Department to haul in two suspects for a set of cold-case rapes in California—identical twins, each insisting they were innocent. In fact, Kevin Konther blamed his brother for the crimes, which included the rape of a 9-year-old...

Med School Accuses Twins of Cheating, Must Pay $1.5M
Med School Accuses Twins of
Cheating, Must Pay $1.5M
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Med School Accuses Twins of Cheating, Must Pay $1.5M

Identical twins Kellie and Kayla Bingham sued Medical University of South Carolina

(Newser) - After an important exam at the Medical University of South Carolina, identical twins Kellie and Kayla Bingham weren't surprised to discovered they had nearly identical scores. That has always been the case with them academically, including with the SAT ( Insider reports they scored the exact same), the MCAT,...

Man Released From Prison After His Twin Confesses

Kevin Dugar spent nearly 20 years behind bars after a murder conviction

(Newser) - Update: Kevin Dugar is out of prison for the first time nearly 20 years after a bizarre twist in his case. Dugar was convicted of murder, but he was released from Cook County jail in Chicago on Wednesday because his identical twin brother belatedly confessed to the crime, reports Fox...

Research May Hold Answer to the Mystery of Identical Twins

Scientists find shared marks atop the siblings' DNA

(Newser) - Scientists may have discovered the key to why some twins are born identical, a milestone that could help develop treatments for congenital disorders that affect identical twins more often. An international team of scientists at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam found a DNA signature shared by identical twins, the Guardian reports....

Identical Twins Not as Identical As We Thought
Identical Twins Have
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Identical Twins Have Telltale Genetic Differences

Study of sequenced DNA reveals genetic differences

(Newser) - If you’re an identical twin who’s always resisted being called a clone of your sibling, scientists say you have a point. Identical twins are not exactly genetically the same, new research shows, per the AP . Scientists in Iceland sequenced DNA from 387 pairs of identical twins—those derived...

Identical Twin Gives His Brother a Testicle

It's only the 3rd such operation, in part because of ethical issues

(Newser) - Doctors in Serbia have accomplished a rare feat in the field of transplants: They removed a testicle from a donor and implanted it into his identical twin brother, reports the New York Times . The 36-year-olds are doing fine, and the procedure should allow the recipient not only to have more...

A Year After Daughter's Death, New Joy for Bode, Morgan Miller

They're expecting identical twin boys after their little girl drowned

(Newser) - "We carry Emmy with us every day. ... Keeping her a part of our family has really made this journey a little bit easier for our family," says Morgan Miller more than a year after the drowning death of her 19-month-old daughter with husband Bode Miller. And now that...

Twins Try to Avoid Paying Child Support, Plan Backfires

Both men are ultimately ordered to pay up

(Newser) - Identical twin brothers had a plan to outsmart Brazil's family court system, but it ended up backfiring on them. Authorities say one of the Brazilian twins fathered a girl, now 9, during a brief relationship with the girl's mother. The woman began court proceedings in 2017, and the...

Second-Ever Case of Semi-Identical Twins Identified
Second-Ever Case of
Semi-Identical Twins Identified

Second-Ever Case of Semi-Identical Twins Identified

They're the result of 2 sperm fertilizing an egg

(Newser) - There are identical twins, there are non-identical twins—and, in unbelievably rare cases, there are twins that fall somewhere between the two. The second case ever recorded of semi-identical, or sesquizygotic, twins was described in a recently released study published in the New England Journal of Medicine . The twins, born...

'We Do Things in Twos:' Twin Sisters Marrying Twin Brothers

Krissie and Kassie Bevier and Zack and Nick Lewan had first date, got engaged together

(Newser) - Two sets of 24-year-old identical twins had their first date together, became engaged at the same time, and are now preparing to tie the knot in Michigan this weekend. Identical twins Krissie and Kassie Bevier will marry Zack and Nick Lewan in Grass Lake on Aug. 3 and 4, the...

They Had the Same DNA. Then One Spent a Year in Space

A fascinating look at the case of identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly

(Newser) - NASA is pointing to the "stresses of space travel" as the factor behind a fascinating phenomenon involving the only pair of identical twin astronauts in history. Per Live Science , even though Scott and Mark Kelly once boasted the same DNA makeup, Scott's nearly yearlong trip on the International...

Identical Twins, Separated at Adoption, Find Each Other Again

Audrey Doering and Gracie Rainsberry cried upon reuniting

(Newser) - Audrey Doering and Gracie Rainsberry were born in China, and both were adopted by US families in 2007. Little did they know they're twin sisters—and they were reunited for the first time since they were babies Wednesday on Good Morning America . It all started when Audrey asked her...

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-...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:...

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...

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...

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