Friday, 27 July 2012

Genetic genealogy for felines


For genetic genealogist cat lovers the University of California at Davis, Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Genetic Laboratory provides a service to trace the lineage of your feline.

According to the lab website "cat breeds were developed from random bred cats and most breeds are less than 100 years old. Random bred cats from around the world can be traced back to 8 geographic regions of origin: Western Europe, Egypt, East Mediterranean, Iran/Iraq, Arabian Sea, India, South Asia and East Asia. The Cat Ancestry test will determine if a cat descends from one or more of the 8 ancestral groups.  Once the ancestral origin is determined, comparisons are done with 29 breeds of cats to determine if the cat has similarities to any of the reference breeds."

The Cat Ancestry test traces the lineage of your cat and provides results for common physical traits of coat color, fur length and type.

Pricing per test is USD 120 per cat.

No mention is made of any social networking aspect where your cat will be able to connect on Facebook or Twitter with genetic cousins.

More at: www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/cat/ancestry/index.php

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