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Too much soap opera? (was Re: Welcome to the )

Posted by: Olga <pip@squeak.com>
Date: Friday, 08 August 1997, at 2:58 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Welcome to the New Message Board (loosely)

Leslie T on 8/7/97 5:32 PM said:

>Blank slate. How enticing . . . as is the whole concept of your highly interactive site. This is by far the most provocative place I've visited since my exploration began a month ago.

>I have a couple of comments: 1)I'm a little concerned about the daytime soapy feel of some of the patients and their situations; 2)I want to know the doctor--his weaknesses, self-doubts, naughty habits, personal life, and yes, what he looks like.

>There is obviously a lot of talent here. I look forward to future sessions with The Company Therapist.

My character Sylvia Bows could probably be accused of being the most far fetched--what with her twins conceived by different fathers. But before using it as a plot device, I researched it and found that it was indeed possible. This recent article forwarded to me demonstrates again that even the most outlandish plot lines can sometimes be true:

Monday, June 16, 1997; Page A02

The Washington Post

Biology: A Case of Twins With Different Fathers

By Rick Weiss

In a rare finding, a pair of twins have been shown to have different fathers. The case came to light when a woman in Spain gave birth to twins and the husband, suspecting they were the result of an affair, demanded DNA fingerprinting to see if he was the father.

Tests showed that one of the fraternal (nonidentical) twin girls was indeed the man's child, with a certainty of 99.9999998 percent. But the other twin was clearly not his, according to a report in the June issue of Fertility and Sterility. Testing showed both were related to the mother, so a hospital mix-up was not to blame.

The woman later admitted she had sex with another man within a few days of having sex with her husband. Apparently her ovaries released two eggs that month instead of the usual one, and each was fertilized by a different man's sperm.

Only six other such cases have been reported, but they may be common, the authors write. Increased use of fertility drugs that stimulate the release of multiple eggs may explain an apparent escalation. But the "trend" may be an artifact of increased paternity testing, they say, revealing a long-standing but little known phenomenon.

Evolutionary biologists theorize that it's smart for females to have occasional dalliances, to produce a wider variety of offspring that carry the mother's genes. Consistent with that theory, researchers have found that married women are more likely to have affairs during the time of month they are most fertile.

(c) Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company

Olga Werby

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