What's coming up next for Gemini? (more)
Instead of a written questionnaire, the next part of the Gemini study is going to be carried out as a telephone interview. The aim of this part of the study is to obtain a clearer
picture of the environment that young children are growing up in. There will be questions about the general environment as well as questions specific to each twin.
Zygosity results (more)
Over the past 9 months families have been collecting their twins' DNA for the Gemini study. We have been delighted with the response rate; however this has delayed our estimated arrival date
for the results. At present we are expecting results by August 2010. As soon as we receive results we will be contacting the Gemini families via post.
Growth reminder (more)
We recently sent out growth reminders to all Gemini families. We are aiming to send out reminders every 3 months which will help you to remember to weigh and measure your twins
using the Gemini growth chart and scales.
Photos and stories (more)
We have been receiving some fantastic photos from the Gemini families. Have a look for them in our Gemini Gallery 2010. Do you have a photo or story you would like to share with the Gemini team and other Gemini families? If so, please email us at Gemini@public-health.ucl.ac.uk and fill in the consent form here.
What can DNA tell you? (more)
We are in the process of collecting DNA samples from all the Gemini children so that we can look for specific genes that influence appetite and growth. It will also help us to identify if the twins taking part in our study are genetically identical or fraternal (non-identical). To learn more about about why we are collecting DNA and how we will use it, read our information leaflet (click here). Read our story to discover why it is not always easy to tell if twins started out as one egg or two (Click here).
Weighing and measuring your twins just got easier! (more)
We are very excited to have been able to provide each Gemini family with their own electronic weighing scales and growth chart. If you have started to measure your twins' height and weight click here to send us your most recent measurements.
Information about Diet Diaries (more)
We all know the old saying "you are what you eat" well in the Gemini study we want to find out more about how what children eat affects how they grow. There are lots of ways of finding out what children eat but by far the most useful is by asking parents to keep a diary of exactly what their children eat over a few days. So the next task for Gemini families will be to complete a diet diary for their twins.
Where do Gemini families live? (more)
Gemini is a national study of twins with families helping us from all over England and Wales. Having families spread across Britain helps us get a clearer picture of what it is like for twins growing up including how things vary from the South to the North. We've mapped where our Gemini families are, click here to see how many Gemini families live in your area.
We have hit our target of 2400 families! (more)
The Gemini study is off to a flying start after successfully recruiting 2400 families with twins born last year. In partnership with the Office for National Statistics we asked everyone in the UK that had twins born between March and December 2007, nearly 6500 families, to help us out. Thanks to all of the families that have responded to our first questionnaire we have hit our target, which means we will be able to answer important questions about how genes and the environment work together to influence how children eat and grow.