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The results from the 99 Lives Sequencing Initiative in terms of Devon Rex and Sphynx Spasticity are in, and the mutation has been found! Click here for more information!


Veterinary Genetics Lab -UC Davis and University of Milan

The Lyons Lab

The feline genetics laboratory of Professor Leslie Lyons is located in the University of Missouri – College of Veterinary Medicine.  Research focuses on the genetics of the domestic cat and the development of genetic tools and resources that assist gene mapping in the cat and other companion animals.  Feline research is focused on the discovery of mutations that cause inherited diseases and phenotypic traits and in the population dynamics of breed development and domestic cat evolution.

The feline research of the Lyons’ laboratory has been funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – National Center for Research resources (NCRR) R24RR0016094, and is currently supported by the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs/OD R24OD010928.  The laboratory actively seeks competitive and non-competitive funding from a variety of agencies, groups and donors to support genetic studies in feline health and non-health related areas. The Winn Feline Foundation, WALTHAM, the Cat Health Network and private donors have been strong and consistent supporters for various cat research projects.  Royal Canin cat food proudly feeds our colony of cats with genetic traits. Dr. Lyons’ endowment at the University of Missouri –  Columbia provides internal competitive funding and matching funding for external awards.  Dr. Lyons Laboratory holds a strong tie with the UC-Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory which assist with research projects and funding that will lead to genetic tests as a commercial service for the cats of owners and breeders.  Strong interactions with cat breeders and owners are highly desired and encouraged to help support studies by providing DNA samples from cats, pedigree information and background knowledge of interesting traits and health issues.  Important relationships are fostered with all cat registries and associations, such as the CFA, TICA, the GCCF, FiFe, and other organizations worldwide.


To provide target funding support and donations for feline genetics, please contact Dr. Lyons, or the College of Veterinary Medicine Development Office.  To participate in cat research, please see the list of active research projects or follow this “How to Participate link.



Contact the Lyons’ Den

Leslie A. Lyons, PhD
Gilbreath-McLorn Endowed Professor of Comparative Medicine

Department of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery

College of Veterinary Medicine
E109 Vet Med Building, 1600 E. Rollins St.
University of Missouri – Columbia

Columbia, MO 65211  Phone: 01 573 882 9777
Lab: 01 573 884 2287 Lab e-mail:
Professor Emerita – University of California – Davis

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