A common dilemma faced by researchers is how to communicate their findings beyond the world of academia, to a wider audience. How can we share our research in an innovative way that’s both engaging and informative, whilst avoiding scientific language that may exclude non-specialists? With the help of King College London’s collaborative scheme for Early […]
TwinsUK researchers Professor Chris Hammond and Dr Katie Williams describe their research showing that increasing numbers of people are short-sighted in this article in The Conversation.
Stories from twins who discover their true zygosity in adulthood Over the 24 years of studying twins we have learnt that non-identical twins can look surprisingly similar to each other and that about 10% of identical twins have in fact significant differences in appearance or health. This has changed forever how we conduct our research, […]
The secret of how to live a long and healthy life has been sought after for years. New research from TwinsUK looked at the diversity of bacteria in people’s guts – the gut microbiome – to see if people who live longer, and importantly do not become frail, might have a bacterial advantage. The study used stool […]
Studying DNA may be in my genes, literally. At the age of 14, I became fascinated by a book on the genetic revolution, and at the same time discovered that Rosalind Franklin was a distant relative through my maternal great-grandmother. I was hooked. Following eight years of graduate and post-graduate study in Genetics, I became […]
Gone are the days when research volunteers were kept in the dark and were uninformed about the terms of their participation in research. Fortunately, the last ten years has seen a shift from a paternalistic relationship between researchers and their research volunteers, towards a partnership. The evidence for this is the use of public advisory […]