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Health Agencies Update
April 23/30, 2014

Database on Elder Health Broadens

JAMA. 2014;311(16):1603. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4501

Genetic and medical data on a cohort of more than 78 000 adults are being made available through the National Institutes of Health’s Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes.

The data, collected as part of the Genetic Epidemiology Research on Aging study, represent a diverse sample of individuals with an average age of 63 years. Kaiser Permanente and the University of California, San Francisco led the collection of the data with $24.9 million in funding from the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Mental Health. The study will contribute data on single-nucleotide polymorphisms from individuals in the cohort and up-to-date data from the participants’ electronic medical records. It is the largest cohort included in the database so far.

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