News Archive

Happy 100th birthday

01 August 2016

Fun, friendship and family are the keys to a long life, according to ATR members and identical twins, Mollie Woods and Trudy Hammond. And these twins should know as they’ve just celebrated their 100th birthdays.

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Next generation research

01 August 2016

Young early-career researcher, Shuai Li, believes twin research has a vital part to play in finding the cause of breast cancer.

Based at the University of Melbourne, Shuai is undertaking his PhD with the research team at the Australian Twins and Sisters Mammographic Study.

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Do twins run in your family?

01 August 2016

It has long been understood that inheritance is a factor in non-identical (DZ) twinning; however until recently researchers have been unsure exactly why.

The main factors involved in DZ twinning are believed to be ‘super-ovulation’ (the tendency to release multiple eggs during ovulation), maternal age and the role played by assisted reproductive technologies.

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Currently Recruiting Twin Studies

01 August 2016

The following studies are commencing around Australia. Please help research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au email twins-atr@unimelb.edu.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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Share your research experience

31 July 2016

Identical twins Helen Bersten and Joan Rodd are one of 471 very special pairs who have so far participated in the Older Australian Twins Study (OATS). This study has provided researchers with substantial insight into the factors associated with brain ageing – and the links to the development of dementia, depression and cognitive decline.

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Twins together for 90 years

25 May 2016

Thank you to twins, Valerie Munro and Frances Woodward, who took much trouble to write a lovely letter to the ATR to share their special experiences as twins over 90 years. 

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Currently recruiting twin studies

25 May 2016

The following studies are commencing around Australia. Please help research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au email twins-atr@unimelb.edu.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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Tree change leads to a unique career

25 May 2016

We thank Sonia for her kind donation to the ATR's 2016 Annual Appeal and for sharing her story:

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Prestigious award to Australian twin research leader

25 May 2016

The ATR's Director, Professor John Hopper, has won Victoria's top prize for scientific discoveries and technological innovations that improve lives.

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The Twins of Insight

01 April 2016

Twins hold much fascination for other twins and the general public alike, but not everyone is aware of what a valuable role they are playing in helping us understand more about health and disease. Tuesday the 15th and 22nd March 2015 saw the airing of a special two part series on SBS Insight, looking at what the latest research about twins can tell us about ourselves. Over 500,000 viewers tuned in, making it one of the most popular Insight programs to date.

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Best wishes for the festive season and New Year

23 December 2015

We wish all of our members and supporters a safe and happy festive season and thank you for your wonderful contribution to twin research in 2015. We celebrate with you some of our best twin moments of 2015.

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Currently recruiting twin studies

23 December 2015

The following studies are commencing around Australia. Please help research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au email twins-atr@unimelb.edu.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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Twins in school; should they be kept together?

23 December 2015

Everyone seems to have an opinion about whether twins should be separated at school or not – but how do you know what decision is best for your twins? Dr Karen Thorpe from the Queensland University of Technology conducted a study with ATR twins back in 2006, looking at the experiences of twins starting school. She maintains that parents nearly always make the right decision; revealing that only 10 percent decide to separate their twins when starting school.

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Twin research update on genes, teeth and faces

23 December 2015

For more than 30 years, Professor Grant Townsend and his team from the School of Dentistry at the University of Adelaide have been conducting the Teeth and Faces of Young Australian Twins and the Tooth Emergence and Oral Health in Twins and Their Families studies.

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Twin research sheds new light on back pain

23 December 2015

Back pain is a condition usually associated with growing older but new research has found it starts much earlier in life and, without prevention and early effective treatment, can develop into a chronic condition in adulthood. 

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NSW's first twin research hub launched in Sydney

23 December 2015

When twins joined with researchers recently for the launch of NSW's first twin research hub in Sydney, it was a powerful demonstration of the might of twin research. 

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Low back pain hurts more than just your back

29 October 2015

Nearly 80 percent of the population have had, or will experience lower back pain, making it the most commonly suffered pain condition and the third most long term condition.

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Currently recruiting twin studies

29 October 2015

The following studies are commencing around Australia. Please help research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au email twins-atr@unimelb.edu.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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How twins switched at birth are helping research

29 October 2015

“His twin’s very existence refuted a concept dear to him: his sense of his own uniqueness”. Susan Dominus, NY Times

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Top tips for parents of twins and triplets

29 October 2015

How to develop a healthy balance between experiencing life as part of a twin pair and being an individual is a work in progress for many twins, their families and friends.

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Twin photographer on a mission

29 October 2015

If you've ever wondered what really goes on in the lives of twin families, you need look no further than Helga Dalla's breathtaking books of twin photography.

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Federal Government announces new Australian Centre of Excellence in Twin Research

12 August 2015

The vital role of twins in research has been recognised with the Federal Government announcing a new Australian Centre of Excellence in Twin Research. The new centre will provide ongoing support for the Australian Twin Registry.

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Currently recruiting twin studies

12 August 2015

The following studies are commencing around Australia. Please help research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au email twins-atr@unimelb.edu.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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Zygosity testing doubly important for twins

12 August 2015

“Are you identical or not?” is a question constantly faced by many twins throughout their lives and a recent study has found that this can cause considerable angst.

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Twins in space

12 August 2015

Twins in space? Or more correctly, one twin in space – and one twin on earth. NASA’s novel program featuring identical twins Scott and Mark Kelly has garnered much interest in the media of late. This unique twins study involves studying two genetically identical individuals – living in different environments, earth and the NASA space station for one year.

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Twin legacy for global cures

12 August 2015

A life-threatening illness led to this twin to consider how she could contribute an enduring legacy to the quest to find global cures.

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Fun times at the 2015 Twins Plus Festival

12 August 2015

Hundreds of twins and triplets gathered to celebrate the magic of ‘multiplicity’.

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Low back pain hurts more than just your back

01 May 2015

Nearly 80 percent of the population have had, or will experience lower back pain, making it the most commonly suffered pain condition and the third most common long-term condition.

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Unlocking epilepsy

29 October 2014

Professors Sam Berkovic and Ingrid Scheffer have changed the way the world thinks about epilepsy.

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Teenage twins ATR experience

14 October 2014

"Our mum and dad registered us in the Australian Twin Registry when we were just 10-months-old. Mum discovered the ATR through AMBA (the Australian Multiple Birth Association). As we have grown older, we have enjoyed being involved in various ATR studies.

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Are we doing a good job?

14 October 2014

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what we are doing right – and more importantly where we need to improve. Initiatives such as our Member's Satisfaction Survey are crucial in helping us to learn more about what our members really think of their experiences with the ATR – and as a result improve the services we offer to both you and our researchers.

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Tracking the health of ATR twins

14 October 2014

Did you know that everyone who completes our Health and Lifestyle Questionnaire is automatically entered into a draw to win an iPad?

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Fun facts about twins

14 October 2014

Parents of twins know only too well the mystique that surrounds them; but how many of you are aware of these twin facts?

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Twin studies need you

14 October 2014

Speech and language study
Speech and language disorders disrupt the natural flow of communication and can impact on self-esteem, school, work and general well-being – not to mention the effect they can have on relationships with friends and family. The researchers aim to use new genetic techniques to search for genes related to speech difficulty.

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Healthier kids conference: Insights from twin research

14 October 2014

The first of its kind in Australia, the afternoon session of this conference is free for our members and their families. You will have a unique opportunity to update your knowledge in research, twin parenting and engage in conversation with health professionals.

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Twin research reveals our teachers are doing a better job

14 June 2014

It is often assumed that differences in teacher characteristics are the main source of variability in children’s educational achievements. Estimating and understanding teacher effects is important not only for gaining insight into individual student performance but for guiding investments in teacher training, career advancement and remuneration.

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Australia Day honour for twin researcher

16 May 2014

A simple flyer caught the attention of a young researcher, Professor Sam Berkovic, nearly 30 years ago and inspired him to begin a life-time's work with twins.

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Jamie Daddo: A different canvas

16 May 2014

While their lives may have taken different paths, identical twin brothers, Jamie and Andrew Daddo, remain close. Jamie is an artist and poet while his brother Andrew is a TV presenter. Jamie has just launched a wonderful new series of paintings that reflect his love of nature.

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The ATR's iPad comp; we have a winner!

16 May 2014

Thank you to all of our members for updating their contact details as part of our recent iPad competition.

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The ATR's latest project

16 May 2014

If you have a current email address you may have recently received an invitation to participate in a new ATR initiative - our health and lifestyle questionnaire.

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Twin research shows us that our teachers may be doing a better job than we think

16 May 2014

It is often assumed that differences in teacher characteristics are the main source of variability in children’s educational achievements. Estimating and understanding teacher effects is important not only for gaining insight into individual student performance but for guiding investments in teacher training, career advancement and remuneration.

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Not all twins share a special language

16 May 2014

Learning to speak and to be understood is a milestone some of us find more difficult than others. Identifying why some children encounter speech and language issues is crucial to learning more about this condition that affects five percent of the population.

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Twin studies need you

16 May 2014

A twin study of breast cancer and epigenetics
There is some scientific evidence that growth in early life, and especially during adolescence when breasts develop, could be playing a role in determining a woman's risk of breast cancer later in life.

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New study reveals connection between fat taste and obesity

26 March 2014

Deakin University health researchers have found that people who do not taste fat in food are more likely to overeat, adding weight to the growing body of research that points to a connection between fat taste and obesity.

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Share in our best twin moments

02 January 2014

The ATR team extends to you and your family our best wishes for a safe and happy festive season, and we thank you for your contribution to an amazing year for the registry.

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Unmissable 2015 Australian Twins Plus Festival

02 January 2014

Experience the magic of joining thousands of other twins – and their families and friends – for an event like no other in Australia.

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Twin gifts especially for Christmas

02 January 2014

Identical and non-identical twins are urgently needed to join new health studies commencing around Australia. Please join in and help in research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au, email twins-atr@unimelb.edu.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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Twin study reveals clues to type-2 diabetes

02 January 2014

A twin study is shedding new light on our understanding of type-2 diabetes and helping to explain why one identical twin may suffer from the disease while the other doesn't.

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Twins raised apart: The research behind the stories

02 January 2014

Leading American twin researcher and author, Dr Nancy Segal, is in Australia this month as a guest of the ATR. She tells us how she came to devote her life to studying twins, especially twins raised apart.

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ATR Christmas greetings 2013

25 December 2013

The ATR team extends to you and your family our best wishes for a safe and happy festive season, and we thank you for your contribution to an amazing year for the registry.

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Twin exploration into possible diabetes and dementia link

12 November 2013

ATR twins are helping researchers to investigate if there is a link between type 2 diabetes and risk of dementia in later life.

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Amazing diversity of twin studies

12 November 2013

Identical and non-identical twins are urgently needed to join new health studies commencing around Australia. Please join in and help in research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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Twin researcher Russell Keast: from chef to food scientist

12 November 2013

Twin researcher Russell Keast’s love of food led to a career as a chef and then a food scientist.

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The changing face of twin research

12 November 2013

The ATR is launching one of the biggest national initiatives in its 30-year history to streamline services to its key supporters – twin members and researchers.

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Getting by with the help of your friends

12 November 2013

The ATR could not get by without the wonderful support of its many friends!

Every day in little ways, and in big ways, friends of the ATR make our work possible.

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A royal introduction to Australian twin research

09 October 2013

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark toured twin studies in Sydney recently, marking her first official engagement in Australia as the ATR’s International Patron.

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New ATR patron generates world news

02 September 2013

ATR members shared in the excitement when Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was recently announced as the new patron of the Australian Twin Registry and of the Danish Twin Registry.

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The princess and the platypus twins

02 September 2013

There could not have been a better representative from the ATR to meet our new patron, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, than our director, Professor John Hopper – a man who has dedicated the past 30 years of his life to twin research.

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Twins urgently needed for new studies

02 September 2013

Identical and non-identical twins are urgently needed to join new health studies commencing around Australia. Please join in and help in research that benefits everyone at www.twins.org.au or freecall 1800-037-021.

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Twins give food for thought

02 September 2013

ATR twins are helping researchers to unlock why some people crave fatty food more than others, and the link to weight gain and obesity.

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Things you should know about your membership

02 September 2013

Have you ever wondered how the ATR uses your membership information and results from your study participation? 

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Twin teenager angst put to a good cause

02 September 2013

The promise of a half-day off school and the jealousy of teenage friends led to this twin pair joining the ATR. Twenty-years-later, identical twins Silvana Kelly and Daniela Ahimastos are still as committed as ever to twin research.

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Doubley warm wishes for the festive season

07 December 2012

It has been an amazing year for the Australian Twin Registry.

None of our achievements would have been possible without the wonderful support of our twin members. We share some of our 2012 highlights with you.

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Twin union for ACTU president

07 December 2012

Ged Kearney is a mother of four (including twins), with an extended family of eight siblings, a company director and the ACTU President. How could she possibly fit yet another thing into her already hectic schedule!

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Twin study helps to explain fainting

07 December 2012

Fainting has complex causes involving genetic predisposition and environmental triggers, a new study of twins led by the University of Melbourne and Austin Health has shown.

The research found that identical twins were nearly twice as likely to both faint compared to non identical twins.

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Twin rhythm of the heartbeat

07 December 2012

Twins are needed to join landmark research into how our genes affect the rhythm of the heartbeat.

If you’re a twin aged between 18-35, don’t smoke and are not on regular medications, you can make a difference. Identical and non-identical twins living in Sydney, same sex and opposite sex twins, all can join in.

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Give the gift of your time

07 December 2012

Help us this Christmas to help others. By participating in twin studies, you can help researchers to further our understanding of factors in health and wellbeing. Learn more about our current studies urgently needing twins.

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We answer your top questions

07 December 2012

At the Australian Twin Registry, we love to receive feedback from our members. We frequently receive queries on a wide range of topics and we try our best to answer them all.

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Double celebration for Australian Twin Registry as it announces HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark as its patron

28 November 2012

We wanted to share some amazing breaking news with our members!

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has agreed to become the international patron of the Australian Twin Registry as well as the Danish Twin Registry.

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Australia's biggest twins festival ever!

01 August 2012

People can be forgiven for seeing double – or even triple – vision when attending the 2012 Twins Plus Festival.

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Cancer tests the close bonds of identical twin brothers

01 August 2012

Identical twin brothers, Craig and Brenton Gurney, were inseparable as little boys and have remained very close into their adult lives. But these close bonds are now being tested with one of the pair battling an extremely rare form of cancer.

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Twins help solve the puzzle of growing pains 2012

01 August 2012

Growing pains have long been the subject of speculation and research, and this condition of childhood continues to puzzle. The Pain Research Unit at Sydney Children`s Hospital is unravelling some of the mystery of this condition with the help of nearly 3000 ATR families.

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The best place for sharing twin news

01 August 2012

Six months after its launch, the ATR’s Facebook page is attracting daily new followers, with nearly 1400 to date.

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Vale Robert Balderstone

01 August 2012

We were saddened to hear of the recent passing at the age of 90 of a great friend of the Australian Twin Registry, Mr Robert ‘Bob’ Balderstone.

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Twins double effort to reduce risk of broken bones

01 August 2012

Do you know of twins or triplets aged from five to 18 years, of the same gender, where one takes anti-epileptic medicine and the other doesn’t, and they live in Victoria?

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Twins help solve the puzzle of growing pains

12 July 2012

Growing pains have long been the subject of speculation and research, and this condition of childhood continues to puzzle. The Pain Research Unit at Sydney Children's Hospital is unravelling some of the mystery of this condition with the help of nearly 3000 TRA families.

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Join our 30/30 campaign

01 December 2011

As we celebrate our 30th birthday, we salute all current and past members of the Australian Twin Registry. Without you, there would be no registry today.

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Our loyal members – we need you!

01 December 2011

Does this sound like you?

You are a current ATR member and know about the registry’s work. You like to give back to the community. You like to do things with your twin e.g. getting involved in ATR studies.

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Birthday wishes come true for a bright future

01 December 2011

Everyone likes to look the best for their birthday and the ATR is no different. For our 30th birthday we are excited to launch an update of our public face with a new logo, website design and Facebook page.

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Don’t miss Australia’s only national twin festival

01 December 2011

If you are a twin, or a family with twins, make your travel plans now to visit Melbourne for an event like no other in Australia.

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Can’t place the face? Maybe it’s your genes

01 December 2011

Nearly 240 identical and non-identical twins from the ATR participated in a global study that has found the ability to recognise faces is strongly genetic. If you find it difficult to put a name to a face, just blame it on your parents!

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Join our new studies

01 December 2011

Celebrity twins, Emily and Laura Sayers, who starred in Channel 9’s The Block are downing their renovation tools, joining a twin study, and encouraging other twins to do the same.

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