Myopia: A Twin Tale – Chris Hammond's Inaugural Lecture

This is the inaugural lecture given by Chris Hammond when he became Professor of Ophthalmology at King's College London. He discusses the relative roles of nature versus nurture in causing myopia (short-sightedness) and the importance of twin studies in understanding the genetic basis of myopia and other heritable diseases.  

The full lecture lasts an hour. However, it has been broken up into shorter sections for easy navigation to the material of most interest to you. A full transcript is also provided for easy reference.

This resource will be useful to anyone interested in:

  • An introduction to myopoia and its environmental and genetic causes
  • How twin studies are used to investigate heritability
  • Understanding research techniques such as genome linkage scans and association studies
  • The candidate genes that have been identified for myopia

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