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!

6 thoughts on “The Sunday Cat studies genetics

  1. With the goats you can almost imagine them enjoying it, but with the cat, I can just hear him saying “whats da hell keeps happening to me!” Poor thing. I think he should become a lap cat.

  2. goodness knows what I meant by “flicking,” but it may have some relation to “frolicking”.

  3. Perhaps it’s easier to endure watching the goats with these symptoms (“enjoying it”? really?) because we’re happy to support the torturous servitude of goats, while cats (for some reason) have been assigned a different moral status.

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