Suggested introductory reading list for the Seventeenth International Workshop on Methodology of Twin and Family Studies

The main text is the revision by Mike Neale and Hermine Maes, of the Neale and Cardon textbook (Methodology for genetic studies of twins and families. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1992), as far as it is available in draft. A draft pdf revision is available at

In addition, we will also need Mike Neale's latest available manual for his Mx computer package. This can be accessed via the Mx homepage at

Other useful texts are Falconer, DS, and Mackay, TFC (1996) Introduction to quantitative genetics (4th ed.) published by Longman,

and Sham, P (1998) Statistics in human genetics, New York: John Wiley.

The following introductory papers also provide useful background information:

Boomsma DI, Busjahn A, Peltonen L, The classical twin study and beyond. Nat Genet Rev. 2002, 3, 872-882

Martin N., Boomsma D., and Machin, G., A twin-pronged attack on complex traits, Nat Genet, 17, 387-391, 1997

Neale, M.C. (1998) Twin analysis. In P. Armitage, T. Colton (Eds) Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. New York: John Wiley.

Neale, M.C. (2003) Quantitative Genetics. In: D.N.Cooper (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Human Genome.Macmillan Publishers Ltd, Nature Publishing Group.