Uncover Your Pets Ancestry With Cat DNA Test

first_img We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later Humans aren’t the only ones curious about their ancestry.Basepaws is bringing its at-home DNA test for cats to next week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.Available for $95, the kit helps owners better understand their pet’s ancestry, health, traits, and habits by providing disease markers and breed characteristics, among other information.Simply tear some hair out of your cat’s back using the included adhesive tape (“a little bit like waxing your cat,” according to Basepaws CEO and founder Anna Skaya), or request a swab kit for hairless felines.Then send your sample to the lab and sit tight for eight to 12 weeks (possibly up to five months) while analysts process your pet’s DNA.“Genetics will revolutionize the way we take care of our cats, but we’re just getting started,” the website said.Sign up now for an initial report about your pet’s breed and ancestors; future documents will focus on its health and other traits.“DNA research has revealed a vast amount of useful, often life-saving information for humans. We want to facilitate those same kind of breakthroughs for cats,” Skaya said in a statement.“Our reports connect owners with insights about their cat’s breed,” she continued. “The technology is there to change how we approach our beloved pets’ well-being.”Find out what your cat’s DNA can tell you about their ancestry and, ultimately, their health and habits (via Basepaws)Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing means anyone (or, in fact, anything) with DNA can acquire their ancestral and genealogical history. Even man’s best friend.Dogs, mice, and humans share a core set of chromosomes—so much alike that at least one DTC testing company couldn’t distinguish between person and pooch.As part of an investigation into the accuracy of home testing kits, NBC Chicago reporter Phil Rogers last year submitted his genetic code for testing by multiple companies. He also shipped off DNA of Labrador Retriever Bailey.Keep in mind, though, the potential perils of at-home DNA testing, as highlighted in a study by diagnostics company Ambry Genetics.More on Geek.com:Keep Your Friends and Family Close With DNA Tattoo InkAt-Home CRISPR Test Helps Detect Disease‘Whisker Fatigue’ Is Real, and Your Cat Probably Has It Stay on targetlast_img read more

Metro Richmond Zoo Welcomes Rare Litter of 7 Cheetah Cubs

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend The Metro Richmond Zoo just welcomed seven new cheetah cubs and they’re ready to steal your hearts.On Thursday, the Metro Richmond Zoo announced the septuplets in a press release, and said their births were a “big boost for cheetah conservation.” But, the litter is an extremely rare occurrence: The zoo said there’s only a 1 percent chance of a cheetah having seven babies at once.The cubs, which were born on Nov. 30, have already had their first set of shots and several checkups. The cheetah babies and their mom, Vaila, are in the zoo’s breeding facility and not on exhibit yet. However, they’re expected to move to the zoo in March. The zoo hasn’t disclosed a specific date yet.According to the zoo, the cheetah is one of Africa’s most endangered animals. The cheetah population, which has declined from 100,000 to 7,000 animals, could experience extinction if conservation efforts aren’t made. Thankfully though, facilities, including the Metro Richmond Zoo, are taking extra steps to bring more healthy (and adorable) cheetahs into the world.You can learn more about the cute cubs in Metro Richmond Zoo’s YouTube video.More on Geek.com:Watch: Alligators Poke Snouts Out of Ice to Deal With Freezing WeatherOrangutan at Ohio Zoo Bites Volunteer, Detaches Her ThumbBiologists Discover Deep-Sea Fish Living Where There Is Virtually No Oxygenlast_img read more