|Highest identical twins birth rate,Mohammadpur Umri, Uttar Pradesh,India.week.manoramaonline.com|
Located very close to Air Force base, this small village boasts of 33 pairs of twins out of a total population of 600. As for study of identical twins, the incidence of two pairs for a population of 600 is considered highest in the world, but here 33 pairs is too big a figure. Latest figures point out 120 twins are living in this village of 12,000 people. Perhaps highest in the world.
|identical twins,Mohammadpur Umri, Uttar Pradesh,India.musetheplace.com|
There are numerous hilarious instances in the village as to to the identity of right twins, The shop keepers and school teachers have difficulty with these lookalikes, the former do not know which twins make the order for candies and owe them money and the latter end up punishing the wrong twins for incomplete home work.
|Identical twins,Mohammadpur Umri, Uttar Pradesh,India.www.waytoindia.com|
Here the twin phenomenon is not limited to humans, animals too have identical twins!! In Umri lots of hens lay eggs with double yolks and there are a few twins of cows and buffaloes.
Researchers are of the opinion that inheritance of gene for ‘hyper-ovulation’- tendency of conceiving twins could be a factor. Instead of one egg that is normally produced and is ready for fertilization, ''hyper-ovulation'' occurs when more than one egg is released by a woman during her monthly menstrual cycle that may produce fraternal twins or triplets. This phenomenon of 'hyper-ovulation is hereditary.
Here unlike Kodhini village in Kerala, the villagers are poor. As resident doctors are not posted here,
the rate of twin births is increasing so is mortality rate. Here the Hindus who form just 5% of the population do report twin births.
What trigers the hyper ovulation in women both here and Kodhini, Kerala is a moot question to be answered. That the incidences of twinning phenomenon both in Kodhini, Kerala and Umri,Uttar Pradesh (separated by more than 1000 kms) in India which has one of the lowest twinning rates in the world is an enigma to be solved by the medical fraternity.