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New Basepaws Research Initiative! New Basepaws Research Initiative!
Basepaws
05/10/2019

On our journey towards a better future for all cats, we are leading novel discoveries and advances in the field of feline science and genetics. As we continue to grasp new knowledge and information, we drive the focus on research initiatives which can help improve the understanding of feline biology and improve the health management of cats everywhere. Today, we are thrilled to announce our new research initiative - the Basepaws Feline Diabetes Mellitus (DM) Research Project!

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Basepaws + Catstradamus: Together in the Fight Against HCM Basepaws + Catstradamus: Together in the Fight Against HCM
Basepaws
04/20/2019

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common feline heart disease -- up to 15% of all cats may suffer from it (Payne et al, 2015). This disease affects the cat's myocardium and causes thickening of the heart’s left ventricle. Many cats with HCM can live long and healthy lives, however, for some cats, HCM can be a devastating and lethal disease. Maine Coons and Ragdolls are thought to be at a higher risk from HCM. We have recently lost an office cat to this cruel disease, so we have been extra-focused on adding this marker to our health report.

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The First Ever At-Home Cat Genetics Test The First Ever At-Home Cat Genetics Test
Basepaws
04/11/2019

Cat lovers rejoice! DNA testing is now available for cats, and it's pretty pawsome!

While canine DNA tests have been around since 2007, feline science, widely understudied and underfunded, has been lagging behind. Thanks to Basepaws, we're now able to reveal the secrets hidden within feline DNA and get to know our cats on a whole new level. Basepaws Cat DNA test is a novel approach to cat DNA testing which reveals your pet's background, origins and health predispositions. The mission of this genetics company is to create one of the largest feline genetic databases and find new answers and solutions in feline science and health. Pretty pawsome goals, we say!

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Back to The Basics: Understanding Your Cat's DNA Report Back to The Basics: Understanding Your Cat's DNA Report
Basepaws
03/31/2019

The mission of our work as a cat genetics company is to decipher the secrets of feline genetics and find new answers and solutions in feline science and health. In light of this, we often get urgent questions from our pet parents who’ve decided to DNA test their cat companions. The most frequently asked questions concern the breed index section of our cat DNA report. Many of you have wondered why we don't offer breed percentages and why your cat results sometimes don't match their physical appearance and/or personality.

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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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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 Time of Feline Genetics Discovery: Interview with Anna Skaya CEO & Founder Basepaws A Time of Feline Genetics Discovery: Interview with Anna Skaya CEO & Founder Basepaws
Basepaws
06/07/2018

Have you ever looked at your cat and wondered about its origins, lineage and history? With most of our cats, we have no clue about their genetic origins, which is changing fast. You can now find out more about your cat's genetic heritage with a simple test that requires nothing more than a few of kitty's hairs! The founder & CEO of Basepaws, Anna Skaya, recently gave an interview to TheCatSite. Built from scratch, Anna reveals how Basepaws came to be, the mission of the company and how is important to promote scientific research into cat health.

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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

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

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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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