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Accelerated Aging: Animal Models - Spontaneous Models

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Belgian hares. A certain family of Belgian hares, part of a large breeding colony organized for the study of constitutional problems, developed premature senescence as a hereditary entity. From observations made on individuals representing twenty generations with the condition, two principal forms of the degenerative syndrome were recognized: acute and chronic (the essential difference between the two forms being the degree and rate of deterioration). However, there have been no reports on the aging characteristics and pathological findings, including histopathology, of the various degenerative lesions.



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