EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois universities are putting together what they say is the first database to focus on twins in the state.

Northwestern University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign say in a news release they’re launching the Illinois Twins Project.

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Researchers will compile information from twins and other multiples in Illinois between from birth until they turn 17 years and will be a scientific resource for researchers interested in how genes and environment influence twins and other multiples.

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The research is also intended to help us understand the differences between identical and fraternal twins.

The database will be an ongoing archive. It is intended to be a statewide registry completed by parents of twins and other multiples interested in having their children take part in future research by the Illinois Twins Project.

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