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There are some places in the world that just take everything science thinks it knows and specks that rule-book to slice. One such sit is a small, unprepossessing hamlet in India, which boasts a birth-rate of twinneds so high it borders on the inconceivable!
On the surface, there’s nothing singular about Kodinhi, a meagre agree in Kerala, India. It’s home to around 2,000 categories, but the striking thing is that there are at least 400 duos of twinneds in those households!
Twins, Twins Everywhere
As a country, India has one of the world’s lowest rates for pairs of twins born. The median is no higher than 9 per 1,000 births, but the people of Kodinhi certainly don’t seem to have gotten that memo. There, the rate is estimated to be around 45 per 1,000 deliveries! This is one of the highest anywhere in the world. Clearly, something doesn’t quite add up here.
What’s the reason for this one, then, science?
In short, there really isn’t one. Not that scientists haven’t tried. In the late 2000 s, The Daily Mail reports, regional physician Krishnan Sribiju took a look into the speciman. He said at the time, “Indian, and by that I mean Asian, beings on the sub-continent have the lowest acknowledged incidences of twinning in the world at around four per thousand.”
“In addition, there is no IVF treatment here because of the prohibitive expenditure. Global charges of twins being born, especially in the western world, have increased because of artificial insemination.”
Another general taken into account in heightened frequencies of twin, he persisted, is that they tended to be born to more mature ladies, “whos” over 5ft 3in tall. Again, though, the people of Kodinhi weren’t about to fit into that nifty little pigeonhole. As a rule, they marry in their late teenages and begin families soon after. In addition to that, the women of the village norm around 5ft in height.
Where Are They All Coming From?
Other possible causes have included the diet of the people of Kodinhi. It doesn’t appear that there’s anything in the spray( or the meat ), though, as there’s nothing out of the ordinary in their diet is comparable to other communities in the area. Yet another logical dead end. All Sribiju could gather was, “To the best of my knowledge this medical wonder began somewhere between 60 to 70 years ago.”
What is it about this hamlet and others like it? What began a few cases generations ago? It’s even hard to say whether it’s connected to the people themselves or the region where “hes living”. There are reports that women who have married people from Kodinhi and moved there have also exhibited a high rate of twin deliveries, as have those who have to move out and started households abroad!
Researchers continue to conduct genetic studies of the twinneds of Kodinhi, hoping to find some kind of rebuttal. As of more, we don’t know anything definitive, or even if we ever will. There are some things discipline precisely cannot ask, nonetheless hard it tries.
A Worldwide Mystery
Another interesting factor to the tale is that India’s Kodinhi is not the only Twin Town in the world. Far from it, in fact.
In 2016, it was reported that a research crew had arrived in Kodinhi . The destination of their investigation was to compare certain genetic factors of Kodinhi’s inhabitants with those of parts of Vietnam, Nigeria and Brazil, where there are also same parishes( Hung Loc Commune, Igbo-Ora and Candido Godo respectively ).
One member of the study, Dr. Thirumalaswami Velavan of Tuebingen University, said that the research “would identify genetic causes choosing the hereditability of twins. There is no way known genetic join linked hitherto for identical twinning and the real influence behind the phenomenon is yet to be ascertained”
“The outcome of the study shall lay a basis to understand the underlying genetic and epigenetic parts that may nurse key asks for the high-pitched twin proportion in Kodinhi.”
As hitherto, we really don’t have any of these key explanations. The whodunit of Kodinhi will remain a mystery for now, but it’s one that’s always worth trying to tackle. After all, it’s possible that communities such as these could contribute to our understanding of genetics and birthrate; perhaps in time offering some saving for infertile couples.
In the meantime, the people of Kodinhi continue to delight in their newfound reputation and strange village. It’s the birthplace of TAKA, the Twins and Kins Association, an organization that has shaped it their purpose to drill and cure those who bore Twin Town’s hopeless twins.
By Chris Littlechild, backer for Ripleys.com
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