"Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome" by The Cell Nucleus and Aging: Tantalizing Clues and Hopeful Promises. Scaffidi P, Gordon L, Mist.
This is a condition known as Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. It is a very rare condition that accelerates the aging process in children. The average life span for children with this disorder is 13 years of age.
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Biomedical engineers have grown miniature human blood vessels that exhibit many of the symptoms and drug reactions associated with Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome—an extremely rare genetic disease that causes symptoms resembling accelerated aging in children. The technology will help...
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Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome is the most well known of the progeroid syndromes. Other include Werner Syndrome, Cockayne Syndrome, Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome and Atypical Progeria Syndrome.