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Your genetic makeup has little impact on your dental health

02 May 2019

A new twin study has found genetic makeup does not predispose people to tooth decay, however the research did find that children with overweight mothers are more likely to have cavities.

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NASA’s landmark twins study reveals resilience of humans in space

15 April 2019

Latest results from NASA’s landmark Twins Study reveal some interesting, surprising and reassuring data about how one human body adapted to — and recovered from — the extreme environment of space.

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Twin study probes if nature or nurture makes us sick

11 April 2019

Data from a private insurance company has given scientists a new way to study whether nature or nurture matters more when it comes to staying healthy in the face of disease. Though the answer isn’t definitive or exact — it varies according to each of the 560 diseases that were studied — the technique holds promise for bringing more insights in the future.

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Semi-identical twins identifed in pregnancy for first time

10 April 2019

In a world first, researchers from UNSW Sydney and QUT have used genetic testing to detect semi-identical twins during pregnancy.

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Future of scientific discovery shines bright thanks to twins

20 December 2018

The future of scientific discovery looks bright with a first-ever global survey finding twins and their families world-wide suppport the fundamental role they play in research.

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TRA's 2018 studies by the numbers

03 December 2018

Our 2018 studies by the numbers - this infographic shows the impact of one of TRA's busiest years for research studies. 

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Australian twins feature in global campaign

27 November 2018

Two Australian multiple-birth families share their very different experiences for this year’s International Multiple Birth Awareness Week and its theme: research with multiples benefits everyone.

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Twins, especially male identical twins, live longer

26 November 2018

Twins not only have a bestie from birth — they also live longer than singletons. And those two factors may be related, according to University of Washington research.

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Have your say on the future of twin research

17 October 2018

What are the top health research priorities for twins & multiples?

Are you a twin, higher-number multiple, parent, or health professional supporting multiple-birth families? A new global research collaboration is seeking your opinion on the most pressing multiple-birth issues needing research. 

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Twin ambitions

10 September 2018

Melbourne's Herald Sun reports on a $1 million world-first study that will scan the brains of 300 fraternal twins - now aged 11 and who have been followed since they were in the womb - with the aim of finding the blueprint for creating healthy children.

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Can you judge a book by its cover: twins needed for study

04 September 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are recruiting twins for a study to determine whether genetics play a part in trusting someone based on first impressions.

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What you eat, not your genes, determines sensitivity to fat

15 April 2018

A taste for fat is not driven by genetics, rather it’s all down to diet, a new Deakin University study of Australian twins has found.

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World first study tunes in on singing twins

11 April 2018

Are golden tonsils born or made? A major international twin study hopes to investigate the relative roles of genetic and environmental influences on singing ability.

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Become a citizen researcher into Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

07 March 2018

A new global research collaboration is seeking to improve outcomes for the twin pregnancy condition, Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. This research is open to Australian parents and carers with experience in TTTS.

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Meet the power couple of back pain research

01 February 2018

Drugs may not work for back pain but video games might, say experts Paulo and Manuela Ferreira. The couple are former physiotherapists and now University of Sydney back pain researchers.

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NASA twin study confirms preliminary findings

01 February 2018

The Twin Study propelled NASA into the genomics era of space travel. It was a ground-breaking study comparing what happened to astronaut Scott Kelly, in space, to his identical twin brother, Mark, who remained on Earth. The perfect nature versus nurture study was born.

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