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Social Inequality and Telomere Length in Fragile Families

a PSC Small Fund Research Project

Investigator:   Colter Mitchell

Recent research has shown that telomere length has an important association with indicators of aging and lifetime stress. Yet few examinations of social inequality have been complete. Further, little is known about how social inequality may influence adult and child telomere length differently, nor how social inequality may interact with fixed genetic characteristics to influence telomere length. This project assays a subsample of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Mothers for telomere length when the child is 9 years old. Utilizing the rich panel data, genotype information, and soon to be completed child telomere length (at 9 years old) we intend to address each of these gaps with the addition of the mother telomere data.

Funding Period: 03/01/2013 to 06/30/2014

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