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Tim Spector

Tim Spector

Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College, London & Director of the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. Professor Spector graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, London. After working in General Medicine, he completed a MSc in Epidemiology, and his MD thesis at the University of London.

He founded the UK Twins Registry of 11,000 twins in 1993, which is one of the largest collections of genotype and phenotype information on twins worldwide. Its breadth of research has expanded to cover a wide range of common complex traits many of which were previously thought to be mainly due to ageing and environment. He has published over 700 research articles on common diseases and is ranked in the top 1% of world scientists.

He has written several original articles on the heritability of a wide range of diseases and traits including back pain, acne, inflammation, obesity, memory, musical ability and sexuality. He has published widely on obesity, food and nutrition. He also is interested in new areas of biology such as epigenetics and recently our gut microbiome and is director of the British Gut project

He has written several books, He is also author of - The Diet Myth: The real science behind what we eat by W&N 2015 and Identically different: Why you can change your genes, by W&N in 2012 and Your Genes Unzipped in 2003.

Why frequent dieting makes you put on weight – and what to do about it

Nov 26, 2016 03:00 am UTC| Health

People who regularly go on diets tend to lose weight initially but bounce back and even gain weight after stopping the regime. This phenomenon dubbed yo-yo dieting is associated with changes in metabolism and is one...

Eat your fibre or face the flesh-eating microbe cannibals

Nov 22, 2016 13:27 pm UTC| Health

Eat your bran even if it tastes horrible its good for you! Many of us remember this advice from decades ago. While fibre has been a good cure as a bulking agent for exciting disorders like constipation, it has a dull...

If there was a Nobel silver medal, I'd award it to Jeffrey Gordon and our gut microbes

Oct 05, 2016 12:29 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

A hot tip for this years Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was Jeffrey Gordon. (In case you missed it, the prize went to Yoshinori Ohsumi.) Over the past 15 years, Gordon has progressed an obscure study of boring gut...

Keen to be healthier in old age? Tend your inner garden

Jan 29, 2016 15:08 pm UTC| Health

The worlds oldest man, Yasutaro Koide recently died at the age of 112. Commentators as usual, focused on his reported secret to longevity: not smoking, drinking or overdoing it. No surprises there. But speculation on the...

GI diets don't work – gut bacteria and dark chocolate are a better bet for losing weight

Jan 11, 2016 14:50 pm UTC| Health

The GI (glycaemic index) rating score as well as its cousin the glycaemic load have been the mainstay of most of the diet regimens of the last 30 years. Famous best-selling diet books such as the G-Plan Diet, The South...

The sun goes down on Vitamin D: why I changed my mind about a celebrated supplement

Jan 11, 2016 14:50 pm UTC| Health

Everyone loves D, the sunshine vitamin. Doctors, patients and the media have been enamoured with vitamin D supplements for decades. As well as their clear benefit in curing severe vitamin D deficiencies, endless headlines...

Festive heartburn cures: why over-the-counter drugs may be hurting your gut

Dec 31, 2015 10:27 am UTC| Health

At the time of Xmas parties many of us may be waking up with regrets, sore heads, fragile stomachs and some heartburn (acid reflux) which in a year can affect over 40% of us and one in five weekly. In the past, we may...

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Economy

Metaverse: Firefox’s Mozilla buys Active Replica for its metaverse push

Firefoxs Mozilla internet browser announced its acquisition of Active Replica, a company centered on building VR-based virtual event and collaboration technologies. This is a strategic deal for the company to achieve its...

McDonald’s reinvents workwear and unveils fashion collection in partnership with VAIN

McDonalds teamed up with VAIN Helsinki-based fashion company to launch its new fashion collection that was designed from the used uniforms of its fast-food staff. The collection has been praised for stylish outcomes that...

Hahn & Co. closes $1.2B M&A deal for the acquisition of SKC's industrial film business

Hahn Company finally completed the merger and acquisition deal to buy SK Groups industrial film business under its SKC affiliate. The South Korean private equity firm is investing $1.2 billion in the deal. According to...

LG Chem supplying eco-friendly plastic to Mattel as it launches Asia’s first plant-based ABS

LG Chem unveiled its ABS made from vegetable raw materials and revealed it would supply this plant-based plastic to Mattel, which will be its first customer for this product. The launch of this new acrylonitrile butadiene...

DoorDash starts laying off corporate employees

DoorDash, the American online food ordering company, revealed its plans to let go part of its workforce last week. It said that it would have to lay off around 1,250 corporate employees, and in new updates, some people...

Politics

Myanmar coup: UN says junta use death sentences to silence opposition

A senior United Nations official said that the Myanmar military has been using death sentences as a way to silence the opposition. The official added that since seizing power in February 2021, the junta has sentenced 130...

South Korea: Former national security adviser arrested over 2020 case

South Korean authorities arrested the countrys former national security adviser over a 2020 case when a fisheries official was killed by North Korean troops. The former adviser was arrested on suspicions of manipulating...

US: Wagner mercenary group, Cuba, Nicaragua placed on blacklist on religious persecution

The United States State Department has added the Russian Wagner mercenary group, as well as countries Cuba and Nicaragua, to a blacklist on international religious freedom. The designation would clear the way for potential...

Russia-Ukraine war: UK says Russia likely planning to encircle Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast

The British defense ministry said that Russian forces are likely planning on surrounding the town of Bakhmut in the partially-occupied territory of Donetsk. The ministry noted that the move would mainly be a political...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

Apple AR/VR headset release date: Analyst says mass shipments could be delayed to the second half of 2023

Apple is expected to enter the AR and VR space by next year with its first mixed-reality headset. While previous reports claimed it could be announced in early 2023, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo updated his predictions to suggest...

PS Plus downloadable games for December includes remastered ‘Mass Effect’ trilogy

December is going to be a good month for PlayStation Plus members now that Sony announced the lineup of new downloadable games at no additional cost going live next week. The list is headlined by the collection of...

Livspace launches 3 experience centers in Singapore

Livspace has launched three new experience centers in Singapore as part of its expansion in Southeast Asia. The three centers of the omnichannel home interior and renovation platform are located in Suntec City,...

Pixel 7a design will be identical to the Pixel 7 series as renders appear in a new leak

Although the Pixel 7a is not expected to launch until 2023, alleged renders revealing its design have already leaked before this year ends. And as many expected, it will likely look identical to Googles flagship phones...

Microsoft and Activision Blizzard merger gets unconditional approval in Serbia, concessions ‘likely’ to be offered to EU regulators

Microsoft is still facing immense scrutiny from regulators in most countries where it needs to gain approval for its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard for nearly $69 billion. But the company has reportedly gained...
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