Re: trichotomy revisited -- NEW INFO

Daniel Yee (
17 Dec 1994 17:27:32 +1100

In article <>,
Phillip Bigelow <> wrote:
> Of all of the cat species tested for the virus (and there were many,
> see the above-quoted article), the common, everyday housecat had the
> greatest expression of the gene (homology) of all of the cat species.
> The housecat was much moreso than _all_ of the wild African cat
> species. Why would a domesticated animal show the greatest degree of
> exposure to the baboon -C virus? Could it be that the domesticated
> housecat caught it from humans, at a time when humans were more
> virulent? And if the common everyday housecat has the stongest
> expression of this virus of all the cats, why wouldn't humans be
> exposed as well? These are questions that Benveniste and Todaro didn't
> address nor answer in their research. I think the "housecat problem"
> has the potential to sink the whole geographical isolation-theory.
> Both Benveniste and Todaro's, as well as Ms. Morgan's.

I thought cats had only been domesticated for some tens of millenia.
If that is the case, there were no "everyday housecats" during the
period in question.

I'm not terribly happy about the equation of homology with expression,

Danny Yee.