The Sunday Cat studies genetics

Nothing like a trip to Seattle to fill one with delicious – though a bit sad – information. According to Bruce Weir, chair of the biosciences dept at U of Washington, it is now known that there is a common gene underlying the occurrence of myotonia congenita in cats, goats and human beings. Here you can see it operating in goats:

and the feline version:

I strongly recommend not looking around youtube for fainting goat cats. It turns out that the condition can be fatal in little kittens, and you can see an exceptionally sweet kitten a week before it dies of its condition. Not cheering!