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The GAERS or Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rat from Strasbourg is a recognized animal model of Absence Epilepsy, a typical childhood form of Epilepsy characterized by recurrent loss of contact and concomitant pattern on the electroencephalogram called "spike-and-wave" discharges. It was first characterized in Strasbourg in the 80's and since then has been used by different international research groups to understand the mechanisms underlying absence seizures and their ontogeny, using different techniques.