Monday, January 11, 2021

Copy Cats: Improved Cat Genomes Highlight Remarkable Similarities Within the Feline Family

Felix, Garfield, Leo the Lion — despite their differences, the genomes of these frisky felines are highly conserved across the family, even among its most divergent members. A new set of highly contiguous haploid Felis and Prionailurus assemblies provides further proof that although the genomes appear karyotypically distinct, they are grossly collinear, and any cytogenetic differences represent centromere repositioning rather than chromosomal rearrangements. New cat assemblies, including the Asian leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) reveal similarities between species A team of researchers at Texas A&M University, led by Kevin R Bredemeyer, Andrew Harris and William J Murphy, worked with colleagues in…

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