Horses and cows might teach us about human knees

C. Holland, F. Vollrath, H. S. Gill

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-354
Issue number4
Early online date6 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Biomaterials
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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