I’m always getting caught up in odd science and medical news stories. When I was cleaning my bulletin board I found an old, yellowed, newspaper clipping about a burglary in a department store in Germany. The perpetrator had left DNA behind, but the authorities were flummoxed because the DNA match was for a pair of identical twins. The paper had been there for a few years and the second half of the article was missing so I tossed it into the recycling bin, taking away the haunting tidbit of strange news.
Identical twins share DNA, but life—even development inside the womb—alters how that DNA expresses itself. Although both twins receive the same genetic message determining height, one might receive more nutrition in utero and grow larger and ultimately taller. Later on, one twin may fall while running, break a leg and take up swimming, while the other continues to run, bulks up with weight lifting and goes out for the football team. At 40, the differences in their body sizes & shapes are a reflection of life as much as their shared genetic code. No witness would confuse THOSE identical twins—even with identical DNA at the crime scene.
A strange case…. And one that will linger and maybe produce a story one day.