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The TwinsUK resource is the biggest UK adult twin registry of 12,000 twins used to study the genetic and environmental aetiology of age related complex traits and diseases.

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Dietary omega-3 improves the diversity of gut bacteria

New research from TwinsUK, published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports last week suggests that including more dietary omega-3 fatty acids improves the diversity of bacteria found in our gut. The study, carried out in 876 women from the TwinsUK cohort, looked at whether dietary intake of fatty acids affects the diversity of the gut microbiome. [...]

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World Alzheimer’s Day 2017: Q&A with Dr Claire Steves

Dr Claire Steves is both a geriatrician as well as a gerontologist and is the principal investigator for ageing and frailty at the Department of Twin Research, researching health and fitness in older people. As a geriatrician, Claire specialises in dementia and delirium and focuses on people with complex problems that require specialist approaches to [...]

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Gut microbe diversity linked to lower arterial stiffness

New research from TwinsUK and the University of Nottingham has identified a link between gut microbe diversity and arterial stiffness. Arterial stiffness, or hardening, happens naturally as we age and is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The rate at which this hardening occurs varies from person to person. The gut microbiome is implicated [...]

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New genes implicated in whether skin will burn in the sun

Researchers at TwinsUK have identified ten new genetic regions involved in whether a person is likely to tan or burn. These new regions also suggest who may be more likely to develop skin cancer.  Sunburn is already a known risk factor for skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in Europe, but whether a [...]

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Gut bacteria play a role in long-term weight gain

The Department of Twin Research has just published exciting results in the International Journal of Obesity based on the study of over 1600 twins that provides even more proof about the link between our weight and the bacteria that live inside us (microbes). The researchers analysed the different types of bacteria in faecal samples donated [...]

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