Genes tell tale of cat domestication

Five DNA variations distinguish tame felines from wild cousins

HERE, KITTY  DNA from Cinnamon, a female Abyssinian cat that lived at the University of Missouri, is now the standard against which other cat genomes are compared. Comparison of Cinnamon’s DNA with that of other domestic and wild cats has revealed how domestication shaped cats’ genes.

Kristina Narfstrom/University of Missouri, Columbia

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