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Feature May 2019 Issue

DNA Tests Extend to Cats

Yes, but who is she inside? A DNA test will help tell.

DNA Tests Extend to Cats

What a swab from a cat's cheek will tell you; what it won't.

Ancestry.com, 23andMe, and other DNA mail-in testing services were among the most popular Christmas gifts this past year. DNA kits to trace a dog’s heritage are selling well, too. And cats? In certain ways, “the world of cat DNA testing has lagged behind that of dog testing,” says Jerold Bell, DVM, an adjunct professor of genetics at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

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