Law enforcement officials in the U.K. are getting an unlikely new tool: A database of cat DNA.
The BBC reports it’s the work of researchers at the University of Leicester, who created the database to help the cops catch a specific murderer who’d left crucial evidence covered in hair from his own cat. Now the researchers are publishing the database for wider use. Said the project leader:
”Any cat owner will know that cat hairs get absolutely everywhere.
“This could be a real boon for forensic science, as the 10 million cats in the UK are unwittingly tagging the clothes and furnishings in more than a quarter of households.”
Are we sure this isn’t being used for some nefarious cat-clone army, though? Someone should probably check.