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Genetic Analysis of Mycoplasma haemofelis

About 25 percent of all cats that are anemic or acutely ill are also infected with Mycoplasma haemofelis. This parasite has been widely studied in cats because of its role as a primary pathogen, its role as a cofactor in the development of retroviral and other diseases and its propensity to establish chronic infections despite antibiotic treatment. The objectives of this research are to analyze the genomic sequence of M. haemofelis,  understand how this hemoplasma causes disease and provide new insights into the evolution of infectious mycoplasmas. The information gathered could provide valuable clues about the culture conditions needed to support hemoplasma growth in vitro, which to date has not been achieved and would help scientists study how this parasite causes disease in cats.


Dr. Joanne B. Messick, Purdue University