SAFS in the News: Twins, especially male identical twins, live longer

SAFS postdoctoral researcher David Sharrow and SAFS Professor Jim Anderson are featured in UW Today:

‘Twins not only have a bestie from birth — they also live longer than singletons. And those two factors may be related, according to new University of Washington research.

While twins have been subjects in countless studies that try to separate the effects of nature from nurture, a recent study in PLOS ONE is the first to actually look at what being a twin means for life expectancy. Analysis shows that twins have lower mortality rates for both sexes throughout their lifetimes.

“We find that at nearly every age, identical twins survive at higher proportions than fraternal twins, and fraternal twins are a little higher than the general population,” said lead author David Sharrow, a UW postdoctoral researcher in aquatic and fishery sciences.’

Article and excerpt by Hannah Hickey

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