GigaScience | 4 Nov 2017
Z Li, Z Lin, H Ba, L Chen, Y Yang, K Wang, Q Qiang, W Wang and G Li
Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) is the only fully domesticated species in the Cervidae family, and is the only cervid with a circumpolar distribution. Unlike all other cervids, female reindeer regularly grow cranial appendages (antlers, the defining characteristics of cervids), as well as males. Moreover, reindeer milk contains more protein and less lactose than bovids' milk. A high quality reference genome of this species will assist efforts to elucidate these and other important features in the reindeer.
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