Investigating the genetic causes of diseases in cats
We have developed a biobank of feline DNA to help identify the genetic basis of common diseases of cats to help better manage or cure these diseases.
The Feline Biobank will help identify the genetic basis of common diseases of cats, including, including hyperthyroidism, chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, lymphoma, cardiomyopathies, inflammatory bowel disease, feline lower urinary tract disease and mycobacterial disease. We are also investigating the genetic basis of brachycephalic features in cats such as Persians and British shorthairs.
Jenni Irving-McGrath will be analysing DNA extracted from blood or saliva from 1000 cats to try and identify the genetic basis of disease to enable us to develop better and less stressful diagnostic tests, thus diagnosing cats earlier and improving quality of life for those affected. Through understanding the genetics of the disease process, we hope to develop new therapies to manage or cure these diseases.
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