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Taking time for a cat map.

Scientists have already mapped the human and canine genomes, or genetic makeup. Now, researchers at Agencourt Bioscience Corporation in Beverly, Mass., are focusing on felines, and it is Cinnamon's turn to donate a brood sample. Cinnamon comes from a carefully bred family, so scientists will know exactly what they are getting when they took at her DNA. Humans and cats alike will benefit from the genome map, which will probably be completed later this year. There are more than 250 genetic diseases that afflict cats, and the genome map may lead to prevention and treatment of diseases such as feline leukemia. Cats also inherit diseases like diabetes and lupus in exactly the same way that humans do. The cat genome will provide a medical model for studying these and other human diseases, such as AIDS and various cancers.
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Title Annotation:SCIENCE; genomes
Publication:New York Times Upfront
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 9, 2005
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