The Effects of Collection Procedures on DNA Methylation Measurement in Population-based Surveys of Aging
- Colter Mitchell
Epigenetics—the study of gene modifications that do not involve changes to the nucleotide sequence—holds great promise as a potential indicator of molecular change from contextual effects and aging and consequently an early signal of health disparities. Over the last few years aging studies have assayed thousands of genetic samples at great expense. However, despite evidence suggesting sensitivity of epigenetics assays to external stimuli, no research has explored the effects of collection and storage conditions on epigenetic data. This pilot project extends prior work on DNA quality and genomic assay stability to include DNA methylation—the most widely used (and most stable) measure of epigenetics in aging studies.
- Mitchell, Colter. Collection and storage artifacts in DNA Methylation. Royal Statistical Society, May 23, 2022. (Virtual)
- Faul, Jessica and Mitchell, Colter. The Effects of Collection Procedures on DNA Methylation Measurement in Population-based Surveys of Aging. 4th Annual MiCDA Pilot Project Virtual Symposium. May 18, 2021.