Fantastic Felines: The Cat Genome Project
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: New July 2022! On the prowl for a scientific discovery about domestic cats that can benefit human health, researchers at the University of Missouri find that cats are more genetically similar to humans than nearly all other mammals.

Leslie Lyons, PhD, a Gilbreath–McLorn endowed professor of comparative medicine in the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, provides new evidence about the cat-human perspective using DNA sequencing technology. Lyons and her team in the Feline Genetics and Comparative Medicine Laboratory contributed to decades of genome DNA sequencing. Now that the cat genome assembly is nearly 100% complete, Lyons found the layout of the cat genome to be very similar to the human genome.

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Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Have students draw their idea of an improved version of cats. Would they be faster, slower or play games?


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