The best-studied people on the planet

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Science  24 Jun 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6293, pp. 1525
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8256

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Cohort studies, the empirical longitudinal research of people with a common characteristic, have played a crucial role in enhancing medical care and have dramatically reduced the risk of early death by revealing potential risk factors and unanticipated dangers. In The Life Project, Helen Pearson explores the world's oldest and longest running birth cohort study, which has tracked the lives of five generations of Britons for seven decades.