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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

Hyundai Glovis buys GEAA car auction dealer to sell used vehicles online and expand its business in the US.

Hyundai Glovis Co. Ltd. purchased a 100% stake in Greater Erie Auto Auction, a Pennsylvania-based vehicle dealer that operates a used car auction in the United States. The South Korean logistics company headquartered in...

Peloton is bringing its bikes to all Hilton hotels in the US through a partnership agreement.

Peloton has signed a deal with Hilton Worlwide Holdings Inc. to bring its exercise bikes to the hospitality firms hotels across the United States. The partnership will put at least one bike at each of the hotels being...

If approved by SAMR, the formula will give Bubs access to the remaining 80 percent of China’s $25.9 billion infant formula market.

Bubs Australia will manufacture and distribute Bubs Chinese-label goat milk infant formula in China according to new Chinese standards. under an agreement with Heilongjiang Ubeite Dairy Group (HUG). The new standards...

Sukyoung Textile worked for the intermediate agency but Nike made every business decision, including production methods.

Nike and other foreign companies could easily evade the fair trade law in South Korea even if they exploit their dominant position over domestic subcontractors by abusing them, according to a lawmaker. According to Rep....

This service allows users to control their avatar in a metaverse-based virtual model house.

The South Korean construction industry is using metaverse technology as an option for building and operating expensive real model houses and reaching a wider customer base Lotte Engineering Construction Co. rolled out...

Politics

Zelenskyy signed the decree that would leave the door for dialogue with Russia but ruled out talks with Vladimir Putin.

The war Russia has waged on Ukraine since invading back in February continues in its seventh month. Amidst the advances Ukrainian forces have made, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree that deemed potential peace...

The launch was the first missile fired over Japan in five years, prompting residents to take cover.

North Korea launched a ballistic missile this week in what would be its fifth test in a span of 10 days. The launch was met with widespread condemnation as residents were advised to take cover. Pyongyang fired a...

Secretary of State Antony Blinken held calls with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, condemning the launch that marked the fifth test in 10 days.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his counterparts from South Korea and Japan have condemned the recent missile launch by North Korea over Japan. The foreign ministers also criticized Pyongyangs disregard for the UN...

Khamenei also accused Israel and the US of trying to destabilize Iran and derail its progress.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei sought to blame its rivals Israel and the United States for the ongoing protests in the country over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Khamenei accused the two countries of trying to...

Science

The NPS has been focusing on anthocyanins, the antioxidant-rich pigments that give blackberries and blueberries their signature shades.

The US Department of Agriculture approved the genetically modified purple tomato to extend its shelf life and boost nutritional quality almost 15 years after its development. According to biochemist Cathie Martin, she...

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

Technology

EU mandate will force Apple to ditch the Lightning port by late 2024

The proposed policy to standardize USB-C chargers for electronic products has been approved in a deciding vote by members of the European Parliament on Tuesday. Considering Apples long-running insistence on keeping the...

Sony will produce two million PS VR2 units in anticipation of higher demand

The next generation of PlayStation VR headsets will enter the market in a few months, and it is anticipated to be more popular than its predecessor. The high expectations for the product are reportedly evidenced by the...

Leaked Pixel Watch 'Active' bands will cost $49, but the more expensive metal bands will launch at a later time

Google was previously reported to be working on several types of bands for the upcoming Pixel Watch. And it appears that at least two of them have already leaked online with only a few days left before the Made by Google...

TikTok live shopping feature is reportedly heading to North America

TikToks live shopping feature is expected to launch in more regions before the year ends. The social media giant is reportedly making arrangements to bring its in-app shopping tools to North America in time for the holiday...

Tencent reportedly takes an aggressive approach to gain major stakes in more gaming companies outside China

Tencent Holdings could be named a majority stakeholder in more gaming companies. The tech giant is reportedly aiming to replicate its recent deal with Ubisoft to expand overseas investments, following new regulatory laws...
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