The Genetics of Diabetes Mellitus — A Review of Twin Studies

  • U. Langenbeck
  • G. Jörgensen


Twin studies are “the most general method for examining the problem, if and how much phenotypic differences in man are caused by genetic differences” (45). Classic twin research started in 1924 with the work of Siemens (32) and had its heyday in the 1930s. Presently, some human geneticists seem to be rather tired of twin research, or, as C. Smith (36) states: “Different authors collect their data in different ways, present their results in different forms, use different methods of analysis, and use different forms of genetic interpretation. Thus the results and their interpretations are usually not comparable in different studies, and often they are not meaningful in genetic terms.” We have the impression that the situation is a little better.


Juvenile Diabetes Twin Study Genetic Term Discordant Twin Twin Research 
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