The Swedish Burmese Cat Club


Forskning om FCA i Schweiz i samarbete med Leslie Lyons

We have an interest in hereditary skin diseases and I currently have an active research project, during which we investigate cats with FCA. If at all possible, I would like to ask for the following:

· EDTA blood sample (1-2 ml)

· Skin sample in formalin (ca. 5 mm x 5 mm)

· If the vet has access to RNAlater, then please also another skin sample in RNAlater.

· Copy of the pedigree

· Photo(s) of your cat

· Filled and signed submission form

Our submission form including the shipping address can be found here:

You may ship these samples at room temperature and it is sufficient, if they reach us within 5 days after sample taking. There are no restrictions for the import of cat material from the EU into Switzerland. However, I still recommend to send the samples as a regular letter (if the vet has packaging material that is small enough to do so), rather than a parcel. Regular letters are cheap to send and they normally reach us without any problems from all over Europe.

We ask for the skin samples only, if they are readily available during any surgery. If there should be any difficulties in getting skin samples, we can also work with just the blood sample. We will use the EDTA blood to isolate genomic DNA and search for a potential genetic defect. The formalin-fixed skin sample would go to Prof. Dr. Monika Welle who is a veterinary pathologist specializing in skin diseases.

Would you happen to have any non-affected relatives of the cat with cutaneous asthenia? If you have access to any first-degree relatives (parents, full-sibs, half-sibs), it would greatly help, if we can also get EDTA blood samples from these cats. We don’t need any skin samples from the non-affected cats.

Please feel free to contact me or my PhD student Anina Bauer, if you have any additional questions.

Best regards

Tosso Leeb

Prof. Dr. Tosso Leeb

Institute of Genetics

University of Bern

Bremgartenstrasse 109a, P.O. Box 3350

3001 Bern


Phone +41 31 631-2326

Fax +41 31 631-2640


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