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Feb 4, 2015

Children of the Night

Children of the Night

Born with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), French twins Thomas and Vincent Seris cannot be exposed to the sun and its ultraviolet (UV) light, which could provoke precocious cancers due to an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of DNA repair. Colloquially referred to as Children of the Night (Les Enfants de la Lune) the Seris twins are among 70 to 80 people in France who suffer from the genetic defect. For the last year, they have been testing a new protective mask which is transparent and ventilated and developed by several hospitals in France.

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French twins Thomas and Vincent Seris take the tram in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Thomas and Vincent Seris pose in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Thomas and Vincent Seris pose in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Thomas and Vincent Seris walk in the street in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twin Vincent Seris checks light with a dosimeter in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twin Vincent Seris holds a device which is used to check for ultra violet light in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Thomas and Vincent Seris pose in the street in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twin Thomas Seris walks in the street in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Vincent and Thomas Seris buy fruits while shopping in a commercial centre in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twin Vincent Seris pushes a caddy through the aisle while shopping in a commercial centre in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Vincent and Thomas Seris shop for food in a commercial centre in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Thomas and Vincent Seris walk in the street in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Thomas and Vincent Seris take the tram in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Vincent and Thomas Seris wait for the tram in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Vincent and Thomas Seris speak with a student at the university in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Vincent and Thomas Seris wait for a tram in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Thomas and Vincent Seris walk in the street in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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The new transparent and ventilated protective mask worn by French twins Vincent and Thomas Seris are pictured in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Vincent and Thomas Seris play chess in their apartment in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Thomas and Vincent Seris pose in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Vincent and Thomas Seris leave their apartment in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twin Thomas Seris poses with his protective mask in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twin Thomas Seris looks out a window as he poses in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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French twins Thomas and Vincent Seris pose in the street in Bordeaux REGIS DUVIGNAU/REUTERS

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