Scientists, veterinarians, and breeders have long been aware of the common genetic defects seen in the cat and various lists of them have been drawn up over the years. As more is learned about feline genetics and diseases, especially with new molecular biology techniques, the list will grow. Since the cat also serves as a model for the study of many diseases in humans, both species benefit from collaborative study. A highly detailed feline genetic map is being built by the Feline Genome Project. Ultimately, it will become a useful tool for researchers studying various feline genetic diseases and traits of interest, such as coat colors and patterns.
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- April 2006: Geneticists work to build the feline genetic map