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Giraffes’ Weirdest Feature Could Unlock New Treatments for Heart Disease


Giraffes are among the giants of the mammalian world. With their infamously long necks and spindly legs, adult male giraffes can reach up to 18 feet tall and weigh 3,000 pounds. They are far bigger than their closest relatives, such as the okapi — a striped creature that is closer in stature to a zebra than a giraffe.

On the surface, the genes underlying why giraffes are so tall may seem far removed from human health, but a new study suggests one gene in particular — known as FGFRL1 — could hold clues to treatments for a host of human ...