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Twin Studies

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Twin Studies:

Research in Genes, Teeth and Faces

Grant C Townsend, Sandra K Pinkerton, James R Rogers, Michelle R Bockmann and Toby E Hughes

$55.00 | 2015 | Paperback | 978-1-925261-14-1 | 216 pp 

FREE | 2015 | Ebook (PDF) | 
978-1-925261-15-8 | 216 pp


This volume is about an ongoing long-term research initiative led by researchers from the School of Dentistry at the University of Adelaide. The aim of this book is to provide an overview of the studies of the teeth and faces of Australian twins and their families that have extended over more than thirty years.

Rather than providing detailed accounts of the methodologies and results of each of the individual research projects, the authors have provided general descriptions of the approaches that have been adopted and emphasised some of our key findings.

The book provides some historical perspectives of studies of twins, including those involving teeth and faces. It also gives an insight into the technological and scientific changes that have occurred over the past thirty years, including various twin models that enable exploration of genetic, epigenetic and environmental contributions to variation in teeth and faces. For this reason, it should also be of interest to students planning to undertake research involving twins as well as researchers and academics in the fields of dentistry and craniofacial biology.

One of the features of the studies described in this book is that several of them incorporate a longitudinal design, meaning that the twins were examined on more than one occasion. This has enabled questions to be asked about how genetic factors influence growth and development over time. The book also shows why an interdisciplinary approach can be so valuable, and how studies that are 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.

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