Teeth, Sex, and Testosterone: Aging in the World's Smallest Primate

  title={Teeth, Sex, and Testosterone: Aging in the World's Smallest Primate},
  author={Sarah Zohdy and Brian D Gerber and Stacey Robyn Tecot and Marina B Blanco and Julia M. Winchester and Patricia C Wright and Jukka Jernvall},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.) are an exciting new primate model for understanding human aging and disease. In captivity, Microcebus murinus develops human-like ailments of old age after five years (e.g., neurodegeneration analogous to Alzheimer's disease) but can live beyond 12 years. It is believed that wild Microcebus follow a similar pattern of senescence observed in captive animals, but that predation limits their lifespan to four years, thus preventing observance of these diseases in the… CONTINUE READING
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