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Next Generation Mendelian Genetics: Atypical Werner Syndrome

Werner syndrome (WS) is an adult-onset progeroid syndrome characterized by accelerated aging. The International Registry of Werner Syndrome in the Department of Pathology, University of Washington, collects WS cases from all over the world. Classical WS is caused by WRN mutations. Those who do not carry WRN are categorized as "atypical Werner syndrome." A small subset of atypical WS is caused by LMNA mutations. There also are many cases whose causes are still unknown. The purpose of this study is to identify other causative gene(s) of atypical WS.