Researchers at the University of Missouri are studying cat genomes to look for genetic causes for common diseases that affect both cats and people, including allergies, asthma, obesity and diabetes.
The 99 Lives Cat Genome Sequencing Initiative has been building a database of cat genomes since 2013. So far, the project has sequenced the genomes of nearly 200 cats. Because cat and human genomes are similar, a treatment that works for cats could work for people and vice versa. To learn more, visit felinegenetics.missouri.edu/99lives.
Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at jackiebrownwriter.wordpress.com.
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