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Progress on the Feline Genome

genomeScientists have now sequenced the genomes of 54 kitties, including a few wild species. While the emphasis is on learning more about diseases that are common to cats (and in some cases, also in humans), a larger sampling of cats, and hopefully collecting of other data (like BEHAVIOR) will mean a better understanding of what makes cats cats, and how domestication has shaped their bodies, brains, and behavior.

Can cats make you take your medicine?

We know that cute influences our cognition and increases our focus. Now a company is hoping that it will help you take your pills. Patients with type 2 diabetes  will be send medication reminders alongside cute cat photos in the hopes that it will increase adherence to medication regimens.

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Scientists to sequence the feline genome

Not only are scientists going to sequence the entire genomes of 99 domestic felines, they are going to make the data (all 168 terabytes of it) available on the cloud! My dream: in the future, this information will help us with understanding more about the genetic causes of different feline behavioral traits…read more here.

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