Regarding tissue and organ transplants between identical twins (called isografts according to Wikipedia): they are not supposed to trigger an immune response because the recipient is genetically identical to the donor. (I found a back-up source for this that isn’t Wikipedia for once. It is from some sort of Medical Encyclopedia which heavily implies the same thing saying, “The more similar the antigens are between the donor and recipient, the less likely that the organ will be rejected” … “No two people, except identical twins, have identical tissue antigens.” I’ve cited this site below.)
Since having an identical twin gives one another person to lean on in the event of an unfortunate medical event, would it not be more convenient, at least from a medical standpoint, if endangered species would produce more twins?
Of course it would.
Even from the standpoint of nature it would make more sense to increase the number of offspring born to a mother to increase the likelihood of survival and aid in the reproduction and distribution of genes later in life. In humans this also aids in things like the survival of surnames, passing down knowledge and culture, and helping to shape the world for even more upcoming generations with the creation of more humans to do the shaping.
Apart from increasing litter yield, twins are also rather useful for medical studies. Of course I will refrain from disclosing any discomforting details as we’ve all been made aware of some of the related things that society – or rather the mouth of it – has deemed to be… less than ethical. This is not the time to discuss whether it would be useful to society as a whole to put to use individuals scheduled for death in the first place, and this certainly isn’t the time to mention a certain message from October 20th, 1942 sent to SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Brandt which in part read, “In the Reichsführer SS’ letter of April 18, 1942 it is ordered in §3 that if prisoners in Dachau condemned to death live through experiments which have endangered their lives, they should be pardoned.” (The source for this is cited at the end.) Let’s ignore that for the time being and instead focus on why twins are so useful to society.
Back on the subject of medical studies, one need not inflict one twin with some horrible damage and watch the subject’s affliction progress. In this day and age, we have plenty of naturally-occurring afflictions which can be acquired purely through bad luck or poor decisions. Simply increasing the occurrence of twins in the population would increase the likelihood of one in a pair of twins acquiring or possibly being born with some affliction. Then one could study both the progression of the thing and the increasing differences between the healthy and afflicted twins. Invasive measures would be unnecessary in this situation.
Ah, but now we come to the problem of how to create more twins!
One might increase the likelihood of fraternal twins by encouraging women with the proven ability to hyper-ovulate to have more children (“proven” in this case meaning she has done so by already producing one or more pairs of twins), but this wouldn’t do much good as fraternal twins are no more genetically similar than you are from any non-identical sibling you may have. On the other hand, the production of more subjects would statistically make it more likely that some of them would produce identical twins. More people making more twins results in an overall increase in twins, so eventually this could have a bit of an effect.
Suppose, alternatively, that twins who reproduce with other twins are themselves more likely to have twins. This would be useful, but would take quite some time to have much of an effect. In this way it is similar to the first possibility, though they could have a stronger influence on the general population when used in combination.
Well then, if identical twins are brought about by the splitting of an already-fertilized egg, could it not be possible to affect the mother in some way as to make it more likely for this to happen? If it was found that, for example, a specific chemical reaction occurred to cause this process in identical twins occurring while being absent in the occurrences of non-twins, then the solution would be as simple as finding what the chemical reaction is and deliberately attempting to cause it. Perhaps it could be brought about with a concentration of one or more herbs or maybe the mother needs to be a certain temperature to make it more likely to happen. There may very well be a rather sizable list of potential causes, but a successful, affirmative finding would mean the possibility of a large increase in twins in the general population, and in only a single generation!
Another option for creating more identical twins (admittedly this idea is not my favorite) would be to use some sort of scientific help from something as boring as fertility drugs ranging into the illegal practice of human cloning. This would be rather lazy and, as the effects cannot be obtained naturally as they would with a healthy and fertile female, they are far less useful than the other options which in theory wouldn’t require much effort on the part of anyone involved.
Apart from that, scientific intervention in fertility may lead to more instances of birth defects as opposed to natural fertility and child-bearing. Even where fertility drugs are concerned there is danger since the mother does not realize when she is pregnant at the moment of conception, but rather some time later when she, for example, feels “morning sickness”. Between the conception and her realization of her impregnation, she will continue taking the fertility drugs and her offspring will consequently be negatively affected.
That is why it is so important that the identical twins occur through natural means. It does no good to have an increase in identical twins when they are both born defective with problems that do not need to be studied. One does not need to look at shriveled limb stumps to know how to make an artificial limb and it does no good to study the absence of a chromosome when there is nothing we can do to add the missing chromosome to the affected subjects! Precious time must not be wasted on things that are completely pointless!
In this day, as Europe is being overrun and deathly out-bred by imported Africans, Asians and so on, it is even more important than any time in the past to actively work toward the survival of genetic Europe – to not accept extinction or destruction but to implement solutions! If one such solution might be to purposely increase the number of children a woman is likely to bear at any one time, then it’s a damn good solution! And if it happens to increase our collective knowledge of how to keep genetic Europe healthy, then it’s an even better solution!
-Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000815.htm
-message quote taken from a somewhat longer translation found on page 144 of a book called Concentration Camp Dachau 1933-1945 (ISBN 3-87490-528-4), which credits the original to “Bundesarchiv Koblenz”