Science: For Those Who Pant

His alluring smell is the musk deer's undoing. For centuries, through the rhododendrons in the cool Himalayan foothills where he lives, the male musk deer has been relentlessly chased by hunters. Unfortunately for him, the musk deer has a scent gland that contains a sex lure. In its pure form, musk is worth $40,000 a pound to perfume manufacturers.

Science may yet save the musk deer. Perfume chemists in modern laboratories are working hard to perfect a synthetic musk odor. Meanwhile, the deer himself (carrying his hairy, walnut-sized pouch at the base of his...

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