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A mutated autosomal recessive gene in mice that develop total alopecia at 3-4 weeks. They are predisposed to thymic leukaemia, and to carcinogen- and UV light-induced skin cancers; the mutation is attributed to genomic integration of a natural provirus
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I am made ashamed before all the Jungle, and I have run away from a Hairless One, and he has called me a shameful name.
It had been bad enough to be hairless, but to own such a countenance
I had encountered the black, hairless, long-tailed ape--things of the mainland--the creatures which Perry thought might constitute the link between the higher orders of apes and man--but these brute-men of Gr-gr-gr seemed to set that theory back to zero, for there was less similarity between the black ape-men and these creatures than there was between the latter and man, while both had many human attributes, some of which were better developed in one species and some in the other.
The hairless ape-thing with the tiny fangs and the puny talons would be helpless before him.
Then I heard a movement on the part of the creature near me, and again it touched me, and I felt something like a hairless hand pass over my face and down until it touched the collar of my flannel shirt.
Then it was that the Hairless One filled the gourd for him.
Jerry only awakened when a huge three-inch cockroach nibbled at the sensitive and hairless skin between his toes.
He worshipped a real and indubitable god, not fashioned in his own four-legged, hair-covered image, but in the flesh-and-blood image, two-legged, hairless, upstanding, of Steward.
The creature stood about the height of an average man but appeared much taller from the fact that the joints of his long wings rose fully a foot above his hairless head.
The Monkey came with the rest and presented, with all a mother's tenderness, a flat-nosed, hairless, ill-featured young Monkey as a candidate for the promised reward.
Is a hairless infant to raise his tongue against me, when I have sung in every fair from Tweed to Trent, and have twice been named aloud by the High Court of the Minstrels at Beverley?
He saw only a naked man-thing, hairless and futile, pitting his puny fangs and soft muscles against his own indomitable savagery, and he charged.