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EMRO Assisting in Research

EMRO is working in collaboration on a feline genetics study with a feline geneticist, Dr. Leslie Lyons, Associate Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, California, USA.

As one of their projects, the UCDavis feline genome research group is examining the domestication of the cat and how cat breeds relate to their supposed populations and lands of origin through DNA samples. They are also planning a project with an Egyptologist in Utah for looking at the DNA of mummified cats. They hope to potentially show a relationship of the present Egyptian cats to the mummies and see how they relate to the Mau breed. It is possible that these cats will have very different genetics than other cats. They may be shown to be a unique population and possibly linked to the Pharaonic cats of ancient times.

DNA samples from 50-100 cats from Egypt will be collected over the next few months to a year. Sample collection is simple: EMRO has been sent small cytological brushes that are used to collect DNA from the cat's mouth. This will not hurt the cat; it is kind of like brushing the cat's teeth. These swabs will be returned to the university for analysis.

EMRO will be assisted in this research by a team of local veterinarians, including Drs. Nour Hashish and Mohammed Hegab of the Pet Vet Clinic of Heliopolis, Cairo, and Dr. Amir Mikhail of the Pet Care Clinic of New Maadi, Cairo.

For more information on this group offering feline genetics analysis, check out Dr. Lyon's website at:

We will have future updates on this study.


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