No, you can’t blame (most) tooth decay on your parents. But for crooked teeth, the story’s a little more complicated.
Can you blame bad teeth on your genes? Here's why the answer is not as simple as you might think.
Research finds genes account for 50% of differences in social mobility.
Former conjoined twins, Blessing and Favour, after a successful surgery at Kenyatta National Hospital.
Kenyatta National Hospital
Successfully separating conjoined twins is a complex operation that depends on how they are joined as well as the experience and skill of the surgical team.
The make-up of your gut bacteria will determine whether or not you put on weight.
Chronic pain can be disabling.
Chronic pain often comes with other illnesses. Researchers have now shown that genetics can play a part in how likely you are to suffer.
Understanding how genes influence people's behaviour doesn't lead to fatalism.
It is an illness that runs in families – but there are other factors which go beyond inheritance.
You say tomato, I say potato.
Delivering twins is a balance between preventing pregnancy complications and the dangers of prematurity. New research suggests there is an optimum time.
Genes do have an influence over school performance. But they are never the full story.
Some students struggle because of biological constraints on learning. This can be overcome to an encouraging degree, but only with special and adequate resources.
Identical twins share the same DNA.
Just because identical twins have exactly the same DNA, doesn't mean they will have the same physical features.
A set of twins in Vietnam have been found to have different fathers.
Where will true grit get you?
A new study has found that having perseverance and long-term goals won't boost a child's exam results.
Identical batches of A*s.
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Children who tend to do well in one subject tend to do well in others, largely for genetic reasons.
Genes but no jeans – mozzie bliss.
Being bitten by mosquitoes may not be pleasant but they're after your unique microbial fingerprint.
The citizens came in two by two.
Study finds identical twins more likely to vote the same way -- unless they back the Lib Dems.
Won’t get fooled again (posed by models).
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DNA profiling is a powerful tool, but being faced with identical DNA from identical genes has been a problem - until now.
What role do genes have to play?
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The idea that children can inherit the ability to get good results at school can spark heated debate. But, put simply, all this means is that children differ in how easy and enjoyable they find learning…
Same but different.
We live in the age of the genome. Hardly a week goes by without a story about how genes influence our health or behaviour. There has been recent excitement around new advances in the genetics of schizophrenia…
Many of the genes for maths and reading overlap.
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I disliked and feared maths for most of my school career and dropped it as soon as I possibly could. My mother recalls me crying as a five-year-old because: “I can’t do the people-on-the-bus sums”. If…
Same genes, different outfits.
Hugo and Ross Turner are a pair of intrepid twins currently on an expedition to Greenland. One of them, Ross, is using the same style of equipment and facilities used by Ernest Shackleton 100 years ago…