Telomere Data 2008

The 2008 Telomere Data release (Final, Version 1.0) includes average telomere length data from 5808 HRS respondents who consented and provided a saliva sample during the 2008 interview wave. Assays were performed by Telome Health (Telomere Diagnostics, http://www.telomehealth.com/). Average telomere length was assayed using quantitative PCR (qPCR) by comparing telomere sequence copy number in each patient's sample (T) to a single-copy gene copy number (S). The resulting T/S ratio is proportional to mean telomere length. Funding was provided by the National Institute on Aging provided funding (NIH U01 AGO9740 and RC4 AG039029).

The Health and Retirement Study strives to provide high quality data without compromising respondent confidentiality. Since respondent health data records contain particularly sensitive information, such data products are released to researchers who qualify for access only through a supplemental registration system. Users should proceed with the application instructions on the Sensitive Health Data page.

N5,808
Field DatesMar 2008 – Feb 2009
Response Rate87.0 %
Latest ReleaseDec 2013 (Final V1.0)
Entry Cohort InfoAll
Authors2008 Core Codebook; 2006 Exit Codebook
Data AlertsNone reported for this product