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Antlers are some of the fastest-growing bone in the animal kingdom: Deer, moose, elk, and reindeer sprout up to half a meter of new bone growth in a month prior to the mating season. Now, researchers studying their genomes have discovered how. Genes that both promote and suppress cancer are partially responsible, suggesting the bony tissue may reveal new ways to fight cancer.

Read more: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/cancer-genes-help-deer-antlers-grow

Read the research ($): https://science.sciencemag.org/lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aav6335

CREDITS
producer
Sarah Crespi

script
Sarah Crespi
Catherine Matacic

citation
Yu Wang et al., Science 2019
DOI: 10.1126/science.aav6335

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Pond5

illustrations
deer drawings The Deer of all Lands: A History of the
Family Cervidae Living and Extinct, 1898 R. Lydekker
other ruminant drawings Biodiversity Heritage Library/Flickr
types of ruminants and headgear Nathalie Cary/Science

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The Noun Project

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Chris Burns/Science

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