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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:02 AM

Researchers have succeeded in sequencing the genome of several species of endangered big cats.

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Cat lovers might be forgiven for thinking that their beloved pet cats are far removed from their larger and more fearsome cousins, but amazingly domestic moggies have been found to share up to 95. 6% of the same DNA as tigers, a species from which they diverged 10. 8 million years ago.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:38 AM

RAWRRRR!!!

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 11:42 AM

Nah...mine are 150% 'lazy b****r'!

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:00 PM

And, humans and chimps can have 95% to 98.5% similar DNA depending on which nucleotides are counted and which are excluded. I, nevertheless, don't consider myself much of a tree hanger.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:31 PM

My moggies have gained a new respect from me, at least until the next time they annoy me.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 02:32 PM

I should explain this to my mother's cat, Sammy. Sammy thinks he is a dog. He'll sleep on the dog's bed. Both of my mother's dogs will groom Sammy, in turn Sammy will groom the dogs by combing their tails with his claws or spitting and licking their fur. And Sammy likes to eat (steal) dogfood from each of the dog's bowl.
He refuses to hunt for mice (that task goes to the other cat, who is an excellent huntress) When either of the dog's makes an alert bark, Sammy will run into the front room and meow at the door.

Most often what is unexplainable is the behaviour of our beloved furry friends. However, it is fun to try to figure it out all as to why they do the questionable, yet entertaining antics they show us!

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Edited by Asadora, 01 October 2013 - 02:32 PM.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 03:27 PM

were 95% chimp no?

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 04:44 PM

There are times when my cat looks at me as if to say, "If I were 40lbs heavier, you'd be lunch".


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 04:51 PM

I think my cat already knew that. I see the way he looks at me...

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 05:12 PM

"Other findings included the identification of the various genes that make the big cats big"

Oh great, here we go, now a commercial market will appear to breed exotic large domestic cats the size of retrievers.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 05:21 PM

View Postredhen, on 01 October 2013 - 05:12 PM, said:

"Other findings included the identification of the various genes that make the big cats big"

Oh great, here we go, now a commercial market will appear to breed exotic large domestic cats the size of retrievers.

Looks like they've already started.....

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 07:32 PM

A bit miss-leading. All living things on Earth share most of their DNA. It's only a small percentage that makes the difference :P

Edited by Finity, 01 October 2013 - 07:33 PM.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 07:37 PM

Hardly shocking, aside from the obvious things like size, since they have nearly the same general body plan. In fact they say that if you were to skin a tiger and a lion you would be hard pressed to identify which animal was which. There are subtle differences (i.e. the Cheetah does not have retractable claws, and the Serval has very long legs) but this would be no more surprising than to say equines or canines have roughly 95% the same DNA when comparing the domestic horse and dog to wild horses and wild dogs and wolves.

Using a little gene manipulation perhaps we can produce a house cat with Smilodon's choppers! Nice kitty........


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 07:47 PM

I'd say tigers are 95% domestic cat. After all, I don't remember hearing about tigers wiping out entire species, haha.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:16 PM

View PostFinity, on 01 October 2013 - 07:32 PM, said:

A bit miss-leading. All living things on Earth share most of their DNA. It's only a small percentage that makes the difference :P

True. From what I've heard, we share 50% of our DNA with bananas. Insert your own joke here ....





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