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Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2005 Jan;19 Suppl 1:23-31.

The twin placenta: framework for gross analysis in fetal origins of adult disease initiatives.

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Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA. salafiacm@aol.com

Abstract

Current data strongly support that a wide variety of adult health risks are influenced by intrauterine life events. Twins may have the same (identical, monozygous) or different (fraternal, dizygous) genes, but their relationship to their outside world, via their placentas, is rarely equal. Monochorionic twins and dichorionic twins both resemble and differ from singletons. In the balance between the similarities and the differences, we may find the answer to the interpretation of twin studies, and appropriately apply them to the 'fetal origins' hypothesis.

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