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Oliver SP Davis (King's College London, London, UK)Twin studies allow us to estimate the relative contributions of nature (genes) and nurture (environments) to human phenotypes by comparing the resemblance between identical twins who share 100% of their segregating alleles, and fraternal twins who share on average 50%. Variation in complex traits is generally around 50% genetic and 50% environmental. However, twin analysis can also go beyond this, to estimate the genetic overlap among different phenotypes, or genetic changes in the same phenotype across time. Using data from 20,000 participants in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) of UK twins followed over the first 16 years of life, my work explores how interactive visualizations developed in Processing and in the R statistical programming environment can help us to ask novel research questions and democratize analysis to include researchers and interested parties from the widest possible range of backgrounds.