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Searching for Genetic Mutations Responsible for Heart Disease in Cats

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common form of heart disease diagnosed in cats. Researchers will perform genetic analysis to look for a genetic cause for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in several cat breeds, including the Sphynx, Bengal, Siberian, British Shorthair and Norwegian Forest Cat. Identification of causative genetic mutations for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy will allow for early detection and genetic screening to reduce the prevalence of this disease. Information gained from this study will also help researchers improve treatments and clinical management strategies for cats with heart disease. 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kathryn M. Meurs, North Carolina State University

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Study ID: D15FE-009