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The Sociogenome Project is a comprehensive study which brings together sociologists and molecular scientists to examine whether there is a genetic component to reproductive outcomes, including the age at which we have our first child, and the total number of children we have during the course of our life.

Melinda Mills is the  Nuffield Professor of Sociology and Principal Investigator of the Sociogenome Project ( and the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods SOCGEN project ( focussed on combining social science and molecular genetic research to examine inequality and the life course.

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