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Chicago doctor`s study of twins reveals surprising answers

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chances are, you know a set of twins--and even if you don't, you've seen them around.

FOX 32's Dawn Hasbrouck knows all about twins because she is a twin herself and is also married to a twin.

Now, the latest research of Dr. David Teplica, a plastic surgeon who has studied twins and lectured about them for more than 25 years, could change the way we view our bodies—and it's all based on twins.

He found that in identical twins, twin 'A' had the same features as twin 'B': the same mole, the same wrinkle, even the same shape--no matter the years of exercise, beauty routine, or influence from the environment.

"Twins are either exactly the same as each other or near exact mirror copies of each other," Dr. Teplica explains. "There's a chance that all of your anatomy--or a good chunk of your anatomy--is pre-encoded or predetermined by your parents for its exact location."

Another doctor, Dr. Louis Keith, is the founder of The Center for the Study of Multiple Births and was also studied along with his twin brother Donald.

"People don't want to admit that they have no choice about certain things. Our height, our body shape, our skin color, our hair," Dr. Keith explains. "When he showed me the statistics, I had nothing to say other than, ‘I'm flabbergasted.'"

On the Keith twins, who live in different cities, body markings show how each feature--each crease, each mole--is identical or a mirror copy of the other.

Dr. Teplica says people should no longer feel pressured to change features that we're going to be stuck with anyway.

"To do protein powders and Creatin or steroids or to spend a lot of money on a trainer who can't necessarily get rid of your love handles….burn your money doing something else you can enjoy or find a surgeon you can trust," says Dr. Teplica.

Dr. Teplica says he will continue to discover new things about humans with the help of twins and it turns out, he is doubly qualified to do it. His mother told him she miscarried one half of her pregnancy, so he too is a twin.

"It's not just about twins," Dr. Teplica says. "It's about all of us. About how we develop, how we live, and what we can expect in the future."

There are certainly enough twins to study, so the research that is 'double the fun' continues.

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