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A Conversation with World Famous Cat Geneticist – Dr. Leslie Lyons

November 6, 2013

Dr. Leslie Lyons recently joined the University of Missouri as the Gilbreath McLorn Endowed Professor of Comparative Medicine. In a recent interview with Jordan Schaul, Dr. Lyons openly discusses her work as a world famous cat geneticist.

Story by Jordan Carlton Schaul

Dr. Leslie Lyons is a world famous cat geneticist.  So you might surmise that she studies inheritable diseases in cat lineages or hereditary traits expressed in different cat breeds like coat color. Well, she and her students, staff, and colleagues study both health conditions and coat color because the same mutations that have influence over genetic disorders also influence physical appearance.

Dr. Lyon’s laboratory, which was popularly known as the “Lyon’s Den” at UC Davis recently relocated to the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia to continue groundbreaking research in feline genetics. It may also have been renamed the “Tiger’s Lair” after the school’s mascot? See more…