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As the global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine, Morris Animal Foundation has invested more than $100 million toward more than 2,400 studies to improve the health and well-being of dogs, cats, horses, llamas/alpacas and wildlife.
At any given time, Morris Animal Foundation is managing more than 200 active studies. Each year, we also fund about 30 veterinary student scholar projects. Search our health study database by species or area of study to learn more about research that will make a true difference in the lives of animals—today and tomorrow.
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Feline injection-site sarcoma is a highly aggressive and locally invasive tumor. Surgical removal of tumors is the recommended treatment for this type of cancer and studies indicate that “clean” surgical margins are associated with decreased tumor recurrence rates and increased survival. Researchers will evaluate a new imaging method to detect cancer cells left behind following removal of injection-site sarcomas in client-owned cats undergoing surgery. This technology is used successfully in human breast cancer surgery, providing microscopic assessment of surgical margins within minutes. Identifying a rapid and thorough imaging method to detect any remaining cancer cells during surgery for injection-site sarcomas will support targeted treatment management decisions and improve outcomes for cats with cancer.
Principal Investigator: Laura E. Selmic, BVetMed, MPH, University of Illinois
Sponsors: Rex and Nelle Jackson Foundation
Study ID: D16FE-034
The wildcat, an ancestor of the domestic cat, lives in the same areas as domestic cats throughout Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa. Several subspecies of wildcats occupy these areas, and the African wildcat is the subspecies considered to be the most influential in cat domestication. Because of the extensive habitat overlaps, populations of European wildcats are breeding with domestic cats, causing hybridization between the populations. Conservation programs throughout Europe are attempting to preserve true wildcat populations, but identifying pure wildcats can only be accomplished by genetic tests. Conservation programs are trying to find the strongest diagnostic markers to help develop population management programs for the wildcats. The new Illumina Infinium Cat DNA test uses SNP chips, a type of DNA chip that contains single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), genetic footprints found in DNA, , could provide the most accurate measure for wildcat and domestic cat hybridization. Using this tool, conservationists will be able to identify pure wildcat populations for conservation within Europe. A secondary goal of the research is to identify regions of the genome that may be involved with the domestication process of the cat. The project could identify the genes that are contributing to boldness and tameness and are influencing cat domestication.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Leslie A. Lyons, University of California–Davis
Study ID: D12FE-505