CUHK and Japanese Scientists Unravel Full Genome of American Shorthair Domestic Cats Advances Precision Veterinary Medicine

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AnAms1.0: A high-quality chromosome-scale assembly of a domestic cat Felis catus of American Shorthair breed

Sachiko Isobe, Yuki Matsumoto, Claire Chung, Mika Sakamoto, Ting-Fung Chan, Hideki Hirakawa, Genki Ishihara, Hon-Ming Lam, Shinobu Nakayama, Shigemi Sasamoto, Yasuhiro Tanizawa, Akiko Watanabe, Kei Watanabe, Masaru Yagura, Yasukazu Nakamura

BioRχiv Posted May 19, 2020. DOI:10.1101/2020.05.19.103788

Press release (In Japanese only)

Researchers from the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Japanese research teams have constructed a high-resolution chromosome-scale full genome sequence assembly of an American Shorthair domestic cat (AnAms1.0). By incorporating data from multiple advanced genomic technologies, this genome assembly has a much improved quality over the currently available reference. This research will drive forward precision veterinary medicine to provide the most suitable treatments based on individual differences predicted from genomic information. Read More>


Fig: Personal Medicine for the Cat
In traditional veterinary medicine, the same treatment is given to any individual, where there exist cats not responsive to certain treatments. With the genomic approach, individually suited treatments can be applied based on individual traits predicted from genome information for more effective and efficient veterinary medicine.

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