Twin Study Contributions to Understanding Ontogeny


The genetic contribution to individual differences in development during infancy and childhood can be estimated with a twin study.

Keywords: twins; ontogeny; heritability; children


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Web Links

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Solute carrier family 6 (neurotransmitter transporter, dopamine), member 3 (SLC6A3); MIM number: 126455. OMIM:‐post/Omim/dispmim?126455

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Lemery, Kathryn S(Jul 2006) Twin Study Contributions to Understanding Ontogeny. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005149]