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The Secret Life of Twins [electronic resource]: Natural Similarities

BBC Worldwide Ltd
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
How accurate is the term "identical twins"? Can a cell-for-cell likeness between two siblings really exist? And what does that say about the supposed uniqueness of each human being? This program examines the genetics, physiology, and psychology behind such questions as it presents fascinating real-world case studies of identical twin development. Viewers meet monozygotic twins raised apart and finally reunited, another pair who suffered identical illnesses at the same time, and two brothers, both doctors, setting out to discover if their shared genes mean they will be identical forever. Two decades of medical research on physical similarities in twins-recorded down to the tiniest skin markings-highlight the concept of "natural cloning." A
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52 min.
10 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Mar. 02, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Natural Similarities
The Secret Life of Twins: Identity, Genetics, and Human Development
Secret life of twins
  • Nature versus Nurture (2:48)
  • Difference Between Identical and Fraternal Twins (1:34)
  • What are the Odds of Having Twins? (1:45)
  • Is Anatomy Predetermined? (2:15)
  • What Role Do Genes Play in Personality? (2:05)
  • Differences in Twins (1:18)
  • Separated Twins (2:34)
  • Twins Raised in Different Environments (2:25)
  • Bond of Separated Twins (3:46)
  • Twin Experiments (2:15)
  • Risk Assessment in Twins (3:23)
  • Is Nature Versus Nurture Too Simplistic? (0:59)
  • Mental Health in Identical Twins (1:49)
  • How Can Studying Twins Help Doctors Understand Mental Health? (1:35)
  • Mental Health in Twins (1:39)
  • Genetics in Heart Disease (3:43)
  • Twins: Science's Favorite Subjects (2:16)
  • Separated Twins: A Natural Experiment (2:34)
  • Identical Twins: A Difficult Separation (1:45)
  • Strong Bond Between Twins (1:38)
  • Twin Study for Pain Tolerance (2:30)
  • Identical Twin Pain Study Response (2:36)
  • Preview for The Secret Life of Twins: Nurtured Differences (1:43)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2009.
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  • 41383s Films Media Group
  • 41384 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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