DATABASE: Monkey See, Monkey Age

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Science  10 Mar 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5766, pp. 1353
DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5766.1353a

Researchers studying aging, primate physiology, and related topics will find a trove of baseline data at this site from the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center in Madison. The internet Primate Aging Database (iPAD) stockpiles measurements of putative aging biomarkers—variables such as blood glucose level, bone thickness, and white blood cell count that might clock the ravages of time. Eleven U.S. labs have contributed information on 16 types of primates, from the Western lowland gorilla to the cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus). Searches serve up some of the 400,000 data points or provide statistical summaries. You can sift the results by the animals' age, diet, sex, or housing conditions. The free database is open to academics and commercial researchers, but potential users must apply for access.

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