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Genetic Sequencing of Cats Could Lead to Better Treatments for Cats and Their Humans

“99 Lives” project helping to raise money to expand research

 


ResearcherLeslie Lyons, the Gilbreath-McLorn Endowed Professor of Comparative Medicine in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, says cats suffer from many of the same genetic diseases has humans, and if scientists can sequence the genes of more cats, they can gain a better understanding of how to treat these diseases in cats and in humans.

Leslie Lyons, the Gilbreath-McLorn Endowed Professor of Comparative Medicine in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, says cats suffer from many of the same genetic diseases has humans, and if scientists can sequence the genes of more cats, they can gain a better understanding of how to treat these diseases in cats and in humans.
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Story posted: May 12, 2015

By: Nathan Hurst

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Within the last few months, scientists have completed the first-ever genetic sequencing of a cat. Now, scientists at the University of Missouri are searching for ways to fund the genetic sequencing of more cats through a project called “99 Lives.” Leslie Lyons, the Gilbreath-McLorn Endowed Professor of Comparative Medicine in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, says cats suffer from many of the same genetic diseases as humans, and if scientists can sequence the genes of more cats, they can gain a better understanding of how to treat these diseases in cats and in humans.

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