My doppelgänger: Has he/she my DNA and my genes too?
Last Updated on September 16, 2022 by Joseph Gut – thasso
September 03, 2022 – Sometimes, in sleepless nights, as an ever and never stopping inquiring mind, you may stumble over just flabbergastingly mind-boggling stuff like this. The issue is “doppelgänger” and the possible genetic similarities behind it.
Doppelgänger means people that appear so similar to yourself that even facial recognition software would have a hard time telling you apart. Now scientists think they can explain what it is that makes them look so similar and possibly could explain why each of us may have doppelgänger(s). Doppelgängers are certainly and definitively not the result of some deep dark family secret. Simply, they look strikingly similar to you just with their brown hair, the structure of their nose, their cheekbones, and the shape of their lips, their hairdo, and many ma also have similar weights, similar lifestyle factors, and similar behavioral traits like smoking and education levels. That could mean that genetic variation is related to physical appearance and potentially may influence some habits and individual behavior.
Scientists have long wondered what it is that creates a person’s doppelgänger. Is it nature or nurture? A team of researchers in Spain tried to find out. Their results were just very recently published in the Journal Cell Reports . In fact, Dr. Manel Esteller, a researcher at the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute in Barcelona, Spain, revealed that he worked on research involving twins in the past, but for this project, he was interested in people who look alike but have no actual family connection going back almost 100 years.
For this project, he actually turned to a very uncommon, but for the purpose of his research phantasmic resource. The resource is called “I’m not a look-alike!” which is an in itself very unique art project in photography by the Canadian artist François Brunelle.
Some confounding aspects
A potential problem
There may exist some pitfalls in real live based on facial recognition systems and doppelgänger recognition however. You may go to the airport, and, yes, you may be identified as someone you are not at all. As a criminal, for example. Translating the study into the real world might have the potential for pitfalls of digital facial analysis tools leading to misidentify somebody for someone he is not, or perhaps, to wrongly diagnosed disease.