Drawn by the pitter patter of their little paws, the sweet purrs, and the source of unconditional companionship and friendship, cats or felis cactus have been interacting with and companions of humans for the last 8,000 years. Despite our long history with cats, however, little is known about their health and ideal lifestyle, especially when compared to dogs. One LA-based startup, however, is attempting to change this gap: Basepaws. Basepaws works to create a genomic database that enables the company to learn more about cat breeds, traits, and their health. This goal is built on the idea that understanding cats genetically will enable us to better serve cats and improve their lives.
Interested in learning how exactly they do it? We virtually sat down with Basepaw’s founder, Anna Skaya, to find out more about Basepaws. Join Dr. Yewande Pearse, PhD on our 3rd episode of ‘Inside Biotech’ to find out more.