Thanks to your funding support – the 99 Lives Project has had some
The 99 Lives Cat Genome
Sequencing Initiative continues to expand in participants and cat genomes!
Approximately 40 different research institutions, zoological parks, pet food
companies and animal health companies are contributing to the 99 Lives Project.
We have genomes from over 200 domestic cats now – twice the original 99 Lives
goal! Many wild felid genomes are included as well. We think we have been
successful with over 20 different genetic projects!
We have two goals in 2019 for the 99 Lives Project – your support is
1) The first goal is to raise ~$2,000 - $5,000 per
project to validate, confirm and publish (Open Access) the DNA variants we have
identified that may cause inherited diseases in different breeds. We think we
have been successful with the 99 Lives Project – now we need to prove it!
Testing and proving DNA variants is now more labor and reagent intensive than
genome sequencing – thus validation costs more money! We have 10 active projects and would like to raise ~$50,000.
2) The second goal for the 99 Lives Project in
2019 is to have at least one cat from every cat breed and each wild felid
species represented in the 99 Lives Project. The cost of genome sequencing has
continued to drop! To produce the same quality data (30x genome coverage) as
the beginning of the 99 Lives Project, the sequencing and analyses costs are now
only $1500 per cat. For the 24 cat
breeds not represented – we need ~$36,000 USD and ~$11,000 for the wild felid
More details about the projects
for the 99 Lives Cat Genome Sequencing Initiative can be found on our website:
Check out this video in honor of Mizzou Giving Day!
Cats Rule! –
Thank you for your support!