A Genetic Disease that Mimics Premature Aging
and the WRN Gene:
Werner Syndrome International Registry
This site contains diagnostic criteria for WRN
and contact information for a central repository
of WS data and research and materials.
WRN Mutational Database
A compilation of WS associated WRN mutations.
Werner Syndrome (WS) is an uncommon, autosomal recessive human genetic
disease that mimics premature aging. Patients with WS appear to age
rapidly following puberty, and are at increased risk of developing cancer
and cardiovascular disease. Symptoms of WS include premature graying and
loss of hair, bilateral cataracts, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis,
diabetes and scleroderma-like changes and ulceration of the skin.
The WS associated gene has been identified and named WRN.
This website was primarily designed as a resource for clinicians and basic scientists interested in WS medicine and biology.
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