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‘Salty licorice' cat pattern is the result of a genetic mutation, study reveals

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The village of Petäjävesi in central Finland is home to cats with a unique fur pattern. These cats have ombré strands of fur that start dark at the root and fade to white. Researchers studied the DNA of these cats and discovered a novel gene mutation that causes the exceptional fur pattern. The gene variant affects a specific gene called KIT. The researchers believe that understanding the genetic causes of feline disorders can help with related medical conditions in humans. The potential development of a breed of cats with this distinctive fur pattern is possible but would require careful consideration of their health.