Cats are not Peas – Laura Gould

A Calico History of Genetics

This book is an interesting mixture – partly a history of life with a cat, this one a male Calico named George, and partly a history of genetics itself and the author’s own investigation into the field in order to learn about studies into cat genetics and calico genetics.

The mix works well, keeping the subject from getting too dry – there are amusing stories about the cats, about librarians who won’t let anyone see their books, and about poor genetics researchers who had predictable trouble getting cats to do what they want.  It was probably a relief to turn back to fruit flies.

It isn’t a long book by any means, and does tell a good story and give good information on genetics in general and cat genetics in particular, if mostly concentrated on the calico genes.  For one reason or another it got pushed aside for some time before it found its way back into the rotation and finished, but it wasn’t the fault of the book.