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Do our genes tell us how to vote?

We recently performed a poll of voting preferences among our twins aiming  to explore how much nature and nurture influence our party political allegiances and potential voting preferences.  We had an excellent response rate and the results of the study have been published by the Sunday Times and The Conversation UK,  an independent source of […]

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London Microbiome Meeting 2015 (LMM2015)

Hosted by the Department of Twin Research and held annually, this is an event aiming to create a discussion forum to share the latest and most innovative research within the microbiome field.  The meeting is taking place at St Thomas’ Hospital on 28th May 2015 from 16:00 to 19:00. We have a number of exciting […]

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On target! 3000 BRC twin visits in 3 years!

On March 24th we celebrated our 3000th twin visit in the state-of-the-art government-funded Clinical Research Facility in the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London. The BRC is dedicated to ‘translating scientific discoveries into improvements in treatment which will benefit patients at the earliest opportunity’.  The […]

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Hallenga twins present latest TwinsUK research into moles

Our wonderful twins Maren and Kris Hallenga spent their Thursday morning filming at the Department of Twin Research for a German Television programme to present our latest research results. Together with Tim Spector and Dr Veronique Bataille, researchers at TwinsUK, they helped us to illustrate that having lots of moles may slow down your ageing […]

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A twin visit with the Mac Twins

Alana and Lisa Macfarlane, presenters, DJs and mirror twins recently joined the biggest cohort of twins in the UK, TwinsUK, and visited our department on Friday 14th November to take part in their first ever twin visit. They were the subject of a number of tests whose results will now join a database with data […]

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Body weight heavily influenced by microbes in the gut, finds twin study

Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a study by researchers at King’s College London and Cornell University. By studying pairs of twins at King’s Department of Twin Research, researchers identified a specific, little known bacterial family that is highly […]

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