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- Abyssinian Helps Decipher Feline DNA
Cinnamon, a female Abyssiniancat, is the first feline in history to have her DNA decoded...
- * Are All Problems Inherited?
Knowing which faults in your kittens may be genetic, and which may be due to other factors is essential to evaluating which cats to include or remove from a well thought out breeding program.
- * Breeding A Cat With A Genetic Fault
Should you use a cat with a genetic fault in your breeding program? While the answer may not a simple yes or no, here are things to consider that may help you make an informed decision...
- * By The Sire, Out Of The Dam
When listing or discussing a cat's sire and dam, there is a standard protocol that should be used. Learn how to understand and be understood when discussing your cat's parents...
- Calico Genetics
Calico cats are perhaps the most striking color of feline. Acclaimed author, Wendy Christensen, explains the genetics behind their beauty.
- * Developmental Accidents
Do you understand the difference between an inheritable mutation and a developmental accident? Learn the answer to this question and much more ...
- DNA Offers New Insight Into Cat Evolution
DNA analysis is used to re-draw the feline family tree.
- DNA Test For PKD Approved For British Shorthairs
The DNA test for PKD developed for Persians and related breeds is now being offered to British Shorthair breeders.
- Eye Color In Pointed Cats
Understand why the eye color of pointed cats can vary from pale blue to deepest navy.
- Free DNA Blood Type Testing for Ragdolls
Ragdoll owners are invited to submit blood samples to UC Davis and will receive free blood typing of their cats.
- * Gene Inheritance Patterns
An understanding of the various types of patterns of inheritance is a basic component to the development of a successful breeding program. Learn the 10 main types of gene inheritance that the cat breeder should know ...
- * Genetic Notation
Learn the few simple rules of genetic notation that you need to know to understand a cat's individual genetic makeup, and to plan your breeding program.
- * Genetic Symbols For Breed Characteristics
In cats, some breeds are defined by a single distinctive breed characteristic. It may be a unique coat type, an unusual ear or tail or even toes or body shape. Learn which genes produce each unique characteristic...
- * Genetic Terms
Knowing the terminology used in a discussion about genetics is the first step towards understanding the principles of feline heredity.
- HCM Gene In Ragdolls Identified
With funding from the Winn Feline Foundation, researchers from Washington State University and the University of California, Davis announce they have identified the gene in Ragdolls responsible for HCM
- * Hybrid Vigor
Whether breeding carnations, cattle or cats, every breeder should understand the meaning and implication of hybrid vigor in their breeding program.
- * Odd-Eyed
The odd-eyed cat has one of the most unusual and stunning expressions in the feline world. Learn how and why these unique cats get their miss-matched eyes...
- Possum: Tail of Two Kitties
"Possum" is the name of a most unusually marked kitten. Half Himalayan and half tortoiseshell, this unique feline is a chimera - the result of two different embryos fusing together early in their development and growing as a single individual!!!
- * PRA... Blind! And It`s Hereditary
Could you have a blind kitten and not know it? The problem is called Progressive Retinal Atrophy.
- * Sharing Pedigrees: Good Or Bad?
Some breeders believe in sharing their cats' pedigrees. Some breeders do not. Learn the reasons why people are either for and against the making public their cat's pedigrees...
- Siamese/Oriental Lymphoma Information Requested
Dr. Leslie Lyons of UC Davis requests your help in the genetic study of Siamese and Oriental related lymphomas.
- Sphynx Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Study
Researchers at Western State University Veterinary Cardiac Genetics Laboratory are requesting blood samples from Sphynx diagnosed with HCM
- * Tarnishing
Tarnishing can occur in any cat that is a silver or silver tabby. Tarnish is a browning or yellowing of areas of the silver coat, the result of incomplete clearing of color by the inhibition gene....
- * Those Sneaky Recessives
Recessive genes can be difficult to manage in a breeding program. Some are good, some may be bad.
- Tracking The Cat
A five year genetic study of over 1000 felines of 22 breeds confirms that the domestication of cats about 10,000 years ago originated in an area known as the Fertile Crescent, which stretches from Turkey to northern Africa and to modern-day Iraq and Iran.