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Applying Whole Genome data to Common Social Science Issues

a MiCDA Pilot Project Description

Investigators: Colter Mitchell

Funding: Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging, 2014-2016

Although the more immediate goal of this pilot will be to produce manuscripts on the role of genetics in assortative mating. The larger goal is to set a foundation for a grant application with an expanded use of whole genome analysis paired with social science data on aging, health, and longevity. Although we use relatedness measures here only for married pairs, in fact we can estimate relatedness or genetic similarity for all individuals. Thus, these estimates can be used in multiple ways to help compare otherwise unrelated individuals. These methods are relatively new to social scientist, but may be very useful for both methodological and substantive issues in health research.

Research Signature Theme:

Aging, Genetics, and Social Science