HRS Telomere 2008 Data (Final, Version 1.0)

December 24, 2013

The HRS Telomere 2008 Data Release (Final, Version 1.0) is now available.

The 2008 Telomere Data (Final, Version 1.0) include 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, 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 (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.

These files are considered Sensitive Health Data and are restricted to use by approved users.

Please refer to the corresponding data documentation file for more information on the background and file structure of these data.

Note: Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for up-to-date information on the restricted data merge status of this data set.

If you find any problems with the data, please report them to us via the Help Desk, or by e-mail to