Different patterns found in the fur of cats, until today one of the greatest unsolved biological mysteries was someone. The fact that their ancestry is based on African Wild Cats explains the reason for the pattern in the fur of especially Abyssinian and tabby cats, but scientists have revealed that the event actually ends in genetics.
According to research led by Stanford University, the patterns in cats’ fur are now evident when they are an embryo two or three millimeters long in the womb. In this study, about a thousand cat embryos were examined, for darker and lighter patterns in cats. skin thickness differs in embryo stage appeared.
Scientists discovered that the DKK4 gene plays a valuable role in the womb
The most striking feature of these embryos, which were examined under the microscope, was the variable skin thickness, as we have just mentioned. So much so that cats are d on thin leather for lighter color patterns and thicker leather for dark patterns
Turns out it needed .
Each cat has different patterns and even different colors, from a protein gene called DKK4 originates. The DKK4 gene tells you which areas will be thick when the cat is now an embryo two or three millimeters long. marks a kind and on this thick skin during development to leave dark spots, stains starts.
Researchers are working to understand why some cats are spotted and others are striped. pigment” there are other factors, but the most active factor so far states it is DKK4.
Changed feather colors and patterns due to pigment show its effect not only in the womb, but also after birth, like DKK4. According to the explanation made by scientists, the absence of these pigments or normal DKK4 gene formation, just like Van cats whether cats are white or one color can cause.