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Russian city of twins continues to puzzle scientists

In 2004 there’s been a real “twin boom” in the Russian town of Kirov and scientists still have no idea as to how to approach the matter.

Nowadays, the department's laboratory is conducting various experiments to study the effects on bio and electromagnetic fields on the natural process of cell division during meiosis. Scientists use lab rats in their experiments due to some of their similarities to the human organism. Although this is still an ongoing research, one thing has already been determined: the lower the mammalian class, the higher is the chance for twins to be born.

In 2004 there's been a real “twin boom” in the Russian town of Kirov and scientists still have no idea as to how to approach the matter. In the meantime, the entire array of twins and triplets in the region is considered to be mere coincidence. However, according to medical statistics, one out of 100 people is a twin couple. As for triplets, they are born in every 7 000-10 000 couple.

After taking a stroll through one of the town’s districts, one can easily begin doubting the statistics. The city’s population barely reaches 500 000 and identical couples (or even triplets seem to be everywhere).

Scientific explanation

“It is possible that some kind of electric field had its affect on such high multiple birth rate in the town,” presumes chair of biology and genetics at Kirov’s medical academy Alexander Kosykh. “Any biological cell has its own electric charge and its own polarity. That is why, it is quite possible that strong electromagnetic field in this particular district somehow affects genetic processes. However, we cannot make any definite claims yet.”

Nowadays, the department’s laboratory is conducting various experiments to study the effects on bio and electromagnetic fields on the natural process of cell division during meiosis. Scientists use lab rats in their experiments due to some of their similarities to the human organism. Although this is still an ongoing research, one thing has already been determined: the lower the mammalian class, the higher is the chance for twins to be born.

For instance, cats, dogs, rats almost always produce identical litter. African armadillo is an absolute champion in producing its “clones”. This creature gives birth to absolutely identical babies. Horses, whales, elephants and more so human beings are not quite as fertile. This is exactly the Kirov’s phenomenon appears so mystical.

“It is also noteworthy to mention that in southern countries twins are born more often than in northern countries,” notes Alexander Kosykh.

Long-term scientific observations have revealed that multiple births are more likely to occur in dark-skinned mothers over 35. However, there are no dark-skinned women in the “Krasnaya Gorka” district.

World statistics has determined several other factors that can supposedly account for such high multiple birth rate. However, not only do they find themselves helpless to explain the Kyrov’s phenomenon, they make it even more mysterious. In this regard, scientists noticed frequent cases of multiple births in some countries of Northern hemisphere (Finland or northern part of Japan for instance), where summer days are longer. It has also been noticed that the day’s length somehow stimulates secretion of a certain type of hormone. A woman could also give multiple births as a result of undergoing infertility treatments.

Kirov is not the only town with such strange occurrences. Another “factory of twins” exists in Nigeria in a small town Igbo-Ora situated not far from Ibadan.

By the way, twins do not simply look alike on the outside. They also possess so-called twin-DNA. The molecules are absolutely identical; even their electromagnetic characteristics are identical. This factor alone could easily allow them to function as “antennas” transmitting and receiving information. More so, their similar heredity forms identical informational RNA as well as identical proteins and twin-cells. Therefore, total capacity and amount of the so-called “transmitters” tuned in to the same “frequency” will increase considerably. Should this hypothesis prove to be correct, it will account for the uncontrollable telepathy between twins. It will also be able to explain those similarities in behavioral patterns in the lives of twins.