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Feline Finding: Mutations produce black house cats, jaguars

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10:35am, March 5, 2003

A symbol of bad luck for others, the black cat may have had good luck itself. Researchers have identified gene mutations that produce the inky coats in house cats and jaguars, and the scientists speculate that some of these mutations protected the black felines from an epidemic long ago.

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