Cathy Schaefer, executive director of the Kaiser Permanente Program on Genes, Environment, and Health, and a co-leader on the project said: “we think some of the most interesting initial questions will relate to aging". The project has an average participant age of 65 and contains data from the worlds’ largest telomere study. Researchers will continue to follow participants as long as they continue to receive health care from Kaiser allowing them to examine, for example, how accurately telomere length can predict longevity or healthy ageing (see previous news). 

The database will soon be available to the wider scientific community.

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