Horses and cows might teach us about human knees
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- Holland, C., Vollrath, F. & Gill, H.S. Naturwissenschaften (2014) 101: 351. doi:10.1007/s00114-014-1163-5
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Our comparative study of the knees of horses and cows (paraphrased as highly evolved joggers and as domesticated couch-potatoes, respectively) demonstrates significant differences in the posterior sections of bovine and equine tibial cartilage, which are consistent with specialisation for gait. These insights were possible using a novel analytical measuring technique based on the shearing of small biopsy samples, called dynamic shear analysis. We assert that this technique could provide a powerful new tool to precisely quantify the pathology of osteoarthritis for the medical field.