Date
24 March 2017
Niamh Geaney and her doppelganger Irene Adams, or is it the other way around? The perfect lookalikes had a DNA test to see if they're related. Photo: ABC
Niamh Geaney and her doppelganger Irene Adams, or is it the other way around? The perfect lookalikes had a DNA test to see if they're related. Photo: ABC

DNA test results shock perfect lookalikes

Two Irish ladies who look exactly like each other recently took a DNA test to find out if they were related.

The results “absolutely surprised” both of them, ABC News quoted Niamh Geaney, one of the two girls, as saying.

Geaney, 27, said she and her doppelganger Irene Adams “couldn’t believe” the results.

Geaney told the American broadcaster she first connected with Adams, 28, in November after a friend of Adams’ told her she looked like “that doppelganger girl on the news”.  

Geaney is from Dublin while Adams comes from Sligo, Ireland.

“We got in touch, met up and it was absolutely surreal to see yet another one of my doppelgangers in the flesh,” said Geaney, 27.

Actually, Adams is the third doppelganger she has discovered since creating Twin Strangers, a website and tool that uses facial recognition software to match potential lookalikes.

“We clicked instantly, and just like my second doppelganger, she not only looked exactly like but also acted like me,” Geaney said.

“It was like watching myself. Our facial expressions are exactly the same, our eyes and nose crinkle the same way, we smile the same and she also talks with her hands just like me.”

Upon learning of their meeting, other Twin Strangers users suggested that the two get a DNA test since the both of them are from Ireland.

So in December, the two met again and went to the national DNA testing center, where they gave samples of their saliva.

The samples were used for tests to determine the probability of the two being sisters, half sisters or related at all based on lineage traced up to 20,000 years ago.

The following results were delivered to Geaney and Adams earlier this month:

* There was only a 0.0006 percent chance the two had the same parents.

* There was only a 0.1 percent chance the two shared one parent.

* The probability of sharing a common ancestor up to 20,0000 years ago was negligible.

“We were shocked,” ABC News quoted Geaney as saying. “We thought, ‘OK, we definitely have to have relatives from the same place somewhere down the line,’ but that wasn’t the case.”

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