Failure to Obtain Reliable Retrospective Determination of Chorion Type Using Parent Information: Confirmation with French Data

Authors: Carlier, Michèle1; Spitz, Elisabeth2

Source: Twin Research, Volume 7, Number 1, 1 February 2004 , pp. 13-15(3)

Publisher: Australian Academic Press

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Following the Derom et al. paper recently pub2/19/04 lished in Twin Research (2003, 6, 19-21), we investigated our French sample, studying the retrospective validity of information given by parents to determine the chorion type of their monozygotic twins. The sample included 44 MZ pairs of known chorion type. Chorion type was established by a pathologist specialising in the study of placenta and zygosity diagnosis using molecular genetic techniques. Results show that of the parents who had information, there was a high level of uncertainty of the chorion type. It therefore seems impossible to obtain valid retrospective determination from parents and the only solution is to have accurate information in the birth records.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Genetics, Neurogenetics and Behavior, CNRS, France; PsyCLÉ (EA3273) , University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France 2: Genetics, Neurogenetics and Behavior, CNRS, France; Laboratory of Psychology (EA3477), University of Metz, Saulcy Island, Metz, France

Publication date: February 1, 2004

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