- Title: TURKEY: DOCTORS PUZZLE OVER REMOTE VILLAGE WITH 75 SETS OF TWINS
- Date: 30th November 1995
- Summary: KAYNARCA VILLAGE, MUS, EASTERN TURKEY (RECENT - NOVEMBER 22 AND 23, 1996) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/LV VILLAGE 0.08 2. SLV SETS OF TWINS GATHERED IN VILLAGE SQUARE 0.16 3. MV SET OF TWIN GIRLS 0.21 4. MV TWINS IN BRIGHT SWEATERS STANDING WITH OTHERS 0.25 5. MV TWIN BOYS 0.34 6. MV TWINS IN BRIGHT SWEATERS SUCKING THEIR THUMBS 0.40 7. SMV SETS OF TWINS IN A LINE 0.45 8. SMV OLDER SET OF TWINS AT BACK OF LINE 0.50 9. FATHER OF TWINS MAHMUT YETKIN, ALSO A TWIN HIMSELF, SAYING THERE ARE 30 OLDER TWINS, LIKE MYSELF AND THE REST ARE CHILDREN. THAT IS NOT COUNTING OTHERS WHO WERE PART OF A PAIR BUT WHOSE TWIN DIED. NOW IN OUR VILLAGE THERE ARE 75 SETS ALIVE (TURKISH) 1.14 10. SMV MOTHER PUTTING HAT ON THE HEAD OF ONE OF HER TWINS 1.20 11. SLV ANOTHER MOTHER WALKING WITH HER TWINS IN HER ARMS 1.27 12. SLV THIRD MOTHER WALKING WITH HER TWINS 1.36 13. SMV TUNCAY KUCUKOZKAN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN THE ERZURUM'S ATATURK UNIVERSITY'S MEDICAL FACILITY, IN HIS LABORATORY (2 SHOTS) 1.44 14. MV KUCUKOZKAN SAYING IF IT IS GENETIC, THIS MAY BE EXPLAINED BY THE MARRIAGE OF FIRST OR SECOND DEGREE RELATIVES (ENGLISH) 1.53 15. SMV SETS OF TWINS WALKING 1.59 16. SLV OLDER SET OF TWINS WALKING ARM IN ARM IN VILLAGE 2.04 17. SLV YOUNG TWIN GIRLS WALKING 2.08 18. SLV SETS OF TWINS PLAYING IN VILLAGE (3 SHOTS) 2.26 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: KAYNARCA VILLAGE, MUS, EASTERN TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Duration: 00:02:25
- Story Text: INTRO: Turkish doctors are puzzling over the mystery of the remote eastern village of Kaynarca, where there are 75 sets of twins. There are also many more villagers who were born as part of a set but lost their twin.
In a small Turkish village visitors could be forgiven for thinking they are seeing double, they are - the village is home to 75 sets of twins.
Small children and adults looking remarkably alike roam about the village, shouting and screaming, playing with farm animals and helping out with the chores.
"There are 30 older twins, like myself, and the rest are children," said Mahmut Yetkin, 19, who is also the father of twins. "And that is not counting others who were part of a pair but whose twin died." Turkish villagers in the east and southeast of the country often have large numbers of children. And inter-family marriage, which is a wide practise in the region, has been known to lead to abnormalities.
But a proliferation of twins has not been seen before.
Professor Tuncay Kucukozkan, of Erzurum's Ataturk University, says there are normally two ways of explaining twins, through environmental factors, such as diet and stress, or through genetic factors.
And this last reason may offer a clue, Kucukozkan says.
"If it is genetic, this may be explained by the marriage of first and second degree relatives," he told Reuters. Thus the intermarriage between members of a family with a genetic tendency to producing twins could be the reason for Kaynarca's twins, Kucukozkan said.
But this is only a theory, and a detailed case study would be needed, doctors say.
The villagers have a simpler explanation. They believe a special plant which they eat in the summer has "twin producing" properties.
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