Gigascience 2017 12;6(12):1-5
Jilin Provincial Key Laboratory for Molecular Biology of Special Economic Animals, Institute of Special Animal and Plant Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, No. 4899, Juye Street, Jingyue District, Changchun, Jilin province, 130112, P.R. China.
Background: The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) is the only fully domesticated species in the Cervidae family, and it is the only cervid with a circumpolar distribution. Unlike all other cervids, female reindeer, as well as males, regularly grow cranial appendages (antlers, the defining characteristics of cervids). Moreover, reindeer milk contains more protein and less lactose than bovids' milk. Read More