The uniqueness of twins is important when it comes to finding out about our health

Written by Jenny Boadle from the Twins Research Australia and published in the AMBA Magazine
October 2017

It is often the similarities of twins that draw attention and interest from people. But for health and medical experts it is the differences between twins in a pair that are the most fascinating. This is because they offer important clues about how our genes and environment contribute to our health and wellbeing.

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Genetic testing doubly important for twins

Written by the Australian Twin Registry and published in the AMBA Magazine
September 2015

A recent study found that nearly a third of twins were incorrect when asked to identify if they were identical or not. Why does it matter and how can you find out for sure? “Are they identical or not?” is usually the first question asked of new parents about their twins. While it may be a matter of curiosity for most parents, for others it has become lifesaving knowledge.

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Insights into unusual and atypical twins

Written by Assoc Prof Mark Umstad, AMBA Patron, and published in the AMBA Magazine
October 2017

For a century, it has been thought that dizygotic twins result from the fertilisation of two separate eggs by two separate sperm, and monozygotic twins form when a single egg is fertilised by a single sperm then subsequently divides to form two embryos.

MORE >> Traditional and new models of twinning

Twins raised apart - what the research tells us

Written by the Australian Twin Registry and published in the AMBA Magazine
September 2015

Leading American twin researcher and author Dr Nancy L. Segal visited Australia as a guest of the Australian Twin Registry. She explains how she came to devote her life to studying twins, especially twins raised apart, and some of her latest findings.

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