We have extensive clinical, physiological, and behavioural and lifestyle data, including biochemical and genetic data, available to researchers, as well as hundreds of phenotypes related to common diseases. Many data types have been collected at multiple longitudinal time points. Available sample types include: DNA, cell lines, serum, plasma, stool and urine.

To apply for access please visit the Access Our Data page and ensure you read our data access policy.

TwinsUK samples have been genotyped using the Infinium assay (Illumina, San Diego, USA). We also hold gene expression data (fat, LCL, skin). Genetic data available include GWAS Illumina, gene expression, sequence data and metabolic data. Collaborators with access to genotyping data can download data files via the FTP Server using their assigned user name and password. All other researchers must apply for access using our Data Access Proposal Form.

We encourage collaboration either on the analysis of these phenotypes or on novel phenotypes.

Datasets available to researchers

Phenotypes

Click Here to download a list of phenotypes that may be of interest to you.

Cell lines

As part of our Wellcome Trust Funding, we have lymphocyte cell lines from 700 twins available for use by researchers. These are stored at Health Protection Agency Culture Collections in Wiltshire. For more information, please contact Health Protection Agency Culture Collections or the Laboratory Manager at the Department of Twin Research.

MedipSeq

As part of our Wellcome Trust Funding, we have lymphocyte cell lines from 700 twins available for use by researchers. These are stored at Health Protection Agency Culture Collections in Wiltshire. For more information, please contact Health Protection Agency Culture Collections or the Laboratory Manager at the Department of Twin Research. Click here to access data.

Costs

Please note that we operate on a cost recovery basis regarding data provision. Current application costs for data are as follows:

  • £1140 – for basic and published datasets
  • £1620 – for omics data
  • £570 – for Data Access amendments

Please note: Requests for samples, new data collections and non-standard and complex data access proposals will be subject to bespoke costs