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Abstract

Cellulose acetate electrophoresis revealed six monomorphic forms of serum protein in natural populations of two subspecies of white-tailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus virginianus from Tennessee and Odocoileus virginianus macroura from Arkansas. The fixed pattern of serum proteins in the two populations indicates a lack of genetic variation in the loci controlling these proteins. However, electrophoresis revealed different hemoglobin phenotypes in the two subspecies. This finding indicates that further study is needed to determine whether or not there are genetic differences in the hemoglobin forms

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