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The cat who convicted the killer

The cat who convicted the killer

A single cat hair changed the course of forensic history, as animal law expert Noël Sweeney explains.

In 1984 Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys looked at the X-ray film of a test he was working on in a laboratory at the University of Leicester. He was researching the gene evolution when he made a chance discovery that led to a crime detection revolution.

Although the double helix of DNA was discovered in 1953 by Jim Watson and Francis Crick, the result of Jeffreys’ test proved that every person has a unique DNA profile. Now it is more important as a forensic tool than fingerprints.

DNA has become a method of investigating crime by analysing samples from humans and animals. You can’t go anywhere without leaving something of yourself behind. Alive or dead, you leave a trace that uniquely belongs only to you.

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Cat competition!

Win a bundle of Cats and Hats goodies from The Pod Company!

The Pod Company

This week we're giving away a fantastic bundle of Cats and Hats goodies courtesy of The Pod Company, including four mugs and a coaster set!

Pod is a design-led gift and lifestyle retailer with stores in Oxford, Bristol and Cheltenham as well as a website offering Next Day and International delivery. We're always looking for the most fun and innovative products to put the joy back into gift shopping! We'd like to introduce four adorable new furry friends: Fluffy, Tabby, Tuxedo and Ginger, the stars of the Cats and Hats range. These dishwasher safe porcelain mugs and matching cork-backed coasters feature stylish illustrations by Jo Clark upon a white background, a must-have collection for cat lovers!

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Your Cat Kindle Store

Buy the Bengal Breed ProfileBuy the Norwegian Forest breed profileBuy True Cat TalesBuy Cat BreedsBuy Feline Wisdom

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Your Cat magazine has a comprehensive range of cat breed profile ebooks available for just £1.71. Each ebook contains the breed feature from the magazine, plus a guide to choosing a pedigree cat, plus your kitten's first few days at home - what to expect, how to settle him, the equipment you'll need plus plenty of helpful advice.

True Cat Tales is our Kindle best-seller, offering 25 chapters about heroic cats, rescue stories or simply lighthearted warming cat stories. Priced £2.92

We also publish all our cat breed profiles in one ebook publication, available for £3.28

See our entire range of Kindle books here.

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Cat health

Why does my cat have diarrhoea?

Why does my cat have diarrhoea?

Many cases of diarrhoea are mild and short-lived, only lasting for a few days, and will resolve on their own.

Does my cat drink too much?

Does my cat drink too much?

If you want to determine how much water your cat is drinking, allow her only one source of water, our expert explains.

Cats in the home

Should I keep my cats and baby separate?

Cat and new baby

Worried about introducing your cat to your new baby? Vet Richard Allport gives his advice and top tips. 

Making your home and garden cat-friendly

It's important to fill your home and garden with lots of stimulating items for cats to avoid boredom and roaming.

Outdoor cats

How can I grow catnip at home?

Plants like catnip and cat mint should be the first choice for gardeners with cats — and you can grow them yourself!

Which lilies are toxic to cats?

We explain why lilies are a big 'no no' for any cat owner's garden and home — and the symptoms of poisoning.

Kitten care

VIDEO: A safe kitten home?

Watch our video to find out how you can prepare your home (and make it safe) for the arrival of your kitten.

Your essential kitten care plan

How to keep your kitten healthy at every stage of his development, including vaccine and neutering information.