Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

  • -id > 9:3
   

Progeria

Any one of a small set of accelerated aging disorders. Progerias include Werner syndrome and Hutchinson-Gilford H-G syndrome (the latter is aka progeria proper). In H-G progeria, children usually die of a heart attack before the age of twelve. There are indications of a paternal age effect. Cells from affected individuals display a reduced number of replicative passages and a reduced ability to repair DNA. Recent evidence also suggests an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance.

Full-Text Search Entries

Suggestions from Other Sources

From "Dictionary of Nursing and Individual Health Care"