Catalyst

Catalyst

It's A Twin Thing
ABC  |  October 31, 2017
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For the past 35 years, twins have been some of the most carefully studied people in Australia. Seventy-five thousand twins have been revealing the secrets of how much we inherit from our parents and in what ways our experience shapes who we become. Researchers are trying to understand what determines their personalities, makes them succeed at a school or even live longer. It turns out that twins research is confounding simple conclusions about what makes us who we are. We are a complex interplay of genes and environment. In fact revealing the secrets of this extraordinary group of people, may just help all of us live a longer, healthier life.

For the past 35 years, twins have been some of the most carefully studied people in Australia. Seventy-five thousand twins have been revealing the secrets of how much we inherit from our parents and in what ways our experience shapes who we become. Researchers are trying to understand what determines their personalities, makes them succeed at a school or even live longer. It turns out that twins research is confounding simple conclusions about what makes us who we are. We are a complex interplay of genes and environment. In fact revealing the secrets of this extraordinary group of people, may just help all of us live a longer, healthier life.

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