This book is about an ongoing long-term research initiative led by researchers from the School of Dentistry at the University of Adelaide. It provides an overview of the studies carried out over more than thirty years of the teeth and faces of Australian twins and their families. It provides some historical perspectives of such studies and gives an insight into the technological and scientific changes that have occurred, including various twin models that enable exploration of genetic, epigenetic and environmental contributions to variation in teeth and faces.
The volume should be of interest to students planning to undertake research involving twins as well as to researchers and academics in the fields of dentistry and craniofacial biology. Its interdisciplinary approach also demonstrates how studies mainly focused on dental features can have broader implications in clarifying general biological mechanisms.
'The writing style is different from most textbooks; it has a personal touch and the authors pay attention to a circle of readers who, apart from being curious about the findings, also want to follow the potentially perilous routes of longitudinal clinical studies. The book provides exciting, almost novel style reading and important information about the past- and present state of the art in dental genetics. I recommend it highly, particularly as literature support for postgraduate courses.'
Jan Huggare, The European Journal of Orthodontics, 19 February 2016.