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DNA proves women reunited via YouTube are twin sisters
DNA tests have proven that two women given up for adoption in South Korea but who reconnected 26 years later via the internet are identical twins. In a storyline that is straight out of Hollywood, Anais Bordier contacted Samantha Futerman by e-mail in February last year to say that the Los Angeles-based actress looked very similar to her.
And the coincidences did not end there. Ms Bordier, who grew up in France but is now a fashion designer living in London, discovered that both women had been born on the same day, in the South Korean city of Busan and had both been adopted. Ms Bordier grew up with her adoptive parents in a suburb of Paris, while Ms Futerman was raised in New Jersey – both completely unaware that they had a twin sister.
"I got a message on Facebook from a girl in London," Ms Futerman said in an interview on Good Morning America. "It said she has seen me in a YouTube video, then after looking my name up online, saw that we were both adopted, and born on the same day, in the same city. When I saw her profile, it was crazy," she added. "She looked just like me."
The women have travelled to both of their adoptive countries and finally decided to carry out a DNA test to confirm what both of them believed already. They decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $80,000 required to produce a documentary following their reunion and the final confirmation that they are sisters.
"I did feel like I missed something," Ms Bordier said on the TV programme. "I had an imaginary friend when I was a kid … and she was called Anne. I needed that comfort, I guess," she added.
Match the words with their synonyms.
2. to be unaware of something
3. to prove
5. to carry out
a) to be oblivious to something
d) to perform
e) to verify
adoption – örökbefogadás
coincidence – véletlen egybeesés
comfort – vigasz
DNA – DNS
fashion designer – divattervező
identical twins – egypetéjű ikrek
imaginary friend – képzeletbeli barát
required – szükséges valamihez, elvárt
reunion – találkozás
to be unaware of – nincs tudatában valaminek
to carry out – elvégezni (pl. vizsgálatot)
to launch – elindítani (projektet)
to prove – bebizonyítani