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New Basepaws Reports: We Have Very Exciting News To Share! New Basepaws Reports: We Have Very Exciting News To Share!
Basepaws
02/23/2019

Since the launch, the Basepaws team has been striving to create one of the largest databases of feline genetic and physical information in an effort to improve feline health and learn more about the genetic basis of cat breeds. Seeing as how most domestic breeds are relatively young (created in mid 1800s - present), our work would have been daunting without your help. We have received a fantastic amount of support from cat parents around the world and are proud to announce the second iteration of our report!

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Chromosome Painting: New Report Feature Explained Chromosome Painting: New Report Feature Explained
Basepaws
02/23/2019

As you may know, we are currently launching our updated Basepaws Genetic Report! We are so excited to share all that we have learned, as well as many new features of the report. One of the sections that we are most excited about is the Chromosome Painting, a beautiful visual representation of the genetic similarities of your cat’s DNA. Allow us to walk you through the usefulness of this unique feature, so that we may provide some clarity on the newly available information.

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Domestic Shorthair: Celebrating the Polycat Domestic Shorthair: Celebrating the Polycat
Basepaws
02/23/2019

“What greater gift than the love of a cat?” – Charles Dickens.

While the Persian and the Siamese may be the dolls and divas of the Cat World, the world’s most favorite cat has always been the purrfectly wonderful and diverse domestic cat. The domestic cat is not a recognized breed with gilded papers, but is rather a cat of mixed ancestries. Here at Basepaws, we affectionately call these diverse and captivating companions Polycats - because why do purebreds get to have all the cool names?

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About The Wild Cat Index About The Wild Cat Index
Basepaws
11/27/2018

All cats around the world share the same common ancestor from ~10.8 million of years ago. The progressive evolution of the common ancestor eventually led to the development of 37 modern cat species (Figure 1). According to ancient feline DNA analysis, the most recent wild ancestor of domestic cats in particular seems to be the African wildcat (lat. Felis silvestris lybica) (Ottoni et al, 2017).

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Behind the Scenes at Basepaws Behind the Scenes at Basepaws
Basepaws
06/12/2018

You’ve purchased a CatKit, collected some of your cat’s DNA and shipped it back to us. Exciting stuff! Wait, but what happens next? The time has come for us to unravel a little bit about our recipe to unfolding your feline’s DNA secrets. No, not everything - there is still a lot we don’t know ourselves, and every sample helps get us closer. But we want to tell you a bit about us, inside and out. Let’s take a quick look behind the curtains and see what really happens once your sample reaches the Basepaws Labs!

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A quick look into the world of cats DNA analysis: those among us and those that we miss A quick look into the world of cats DNA analysis: those among us and those that we miss
Basepaws
04/10/2018

Please note that you're reading the old version of this article. You can find the updated article here.

Our job here at Basepaws is to help you get to know your beloved felines on a molecular level and discover all the secrets hiding in their DNA. Our ultimate aim is to form a rich feline database to secure better health care for cats in the future, and fortunately many of you have already joined us on our mission!

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About The Wild Cat Index About The Wild Cat Index
Basepaws
02/21/2018

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"Except for a few hybrid breeds with wild cat DNA, all housecats are descended from the same ancestors – the Near Eastern wild cats. However, as cats around the world evolved, some kittens inherited more DNA in common with wild cat relatives than did their siblings. The Basepaws Wild Cat Index now offers you a way to see if your furry companion has more in common with different wild cats than other cats.

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Report Updates from Basepaws Report Updates from Basepaws
Basepaws
11/20/2017

We are thrilled to announce that we will soon deliver our first CatKit Alpha Report! Many of our favorite clients (and kittens!) have been very patient while waiting for the first report to arrive. We want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone for allowing us the extra time to get the first report out, and show our appreciation by giving everyone here a little sneak peek!

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August Update: Free CatKits for Qualified Cats this Month! August Update: Free CatKits for Qualified Cats this Month!
Basepaws
08/07/2017

Banner Photo Credit: Cutepawsmeow

Happy International Cat Day, all your citizen scientists and feline fellows!

International Cat Day, one of our FAVORITE holidays, was created to celebrate our beloved felines across the globe. This holiday helps spread public awareness of the many needs of cats worldwide - because we know that cats need more than just a little TLC. Today, while we are celebrating all that is wonderful about our pawsome kitties, we are asking you to join our fight to improve global cat health.

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Wild Cat Index Blurb Wild Cat Index Blurb
Basepaws
02/20/2015

Please note that you're reading the old version of this article. You can find the updated article here.

"Except for a few hybrid breeds with wild cat DNA, all housecats are descended from the same ancestors – the Near Eastern wild cats. However, as cats around the world evolved, some kittens inherited more DNA in common with wild cat relatives than did their siblings. The Basepaws Wild Cat Index now offers you a way to see if your furry companion has more in common with different wild cats than other cats.

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