A recessive mutation that causes a congenital craniofacial defect in Burmese cats has been discovered by the Lyons Feline Genetics Research Laboratory at UC Davis. The mutation affects function of a gene significant for facial development. The Burmese Head Defect mutation is common in the Contemporary lines of Burmese in the United States. One copy of the mutation does not cause the craniofacial defect but may produce a shortened facial structure (brachycephaly). Cats with two copies of the mutation have the severe craniofacial defect that is incompatible with life.
The DNA test is performed out of EDTA blood or buccal swabs. Required swabs can be ordered free of charge. (Buccal swab order-form). If a swab is sent in, possibly the genetic material is not sufficient to run the test. In this case it would be best to send in an EDTA blood sample.
Please send in your sample together with the lab order genetic. Results will be transmitted optionally via post, fax or email. After completion of the test you will receive a separate invoice. Payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer. Breeding club discounts apply if a copy of the membership card is sent together with the respective samples. Due to administrative reasons the invoiced price can not be altered subsequently.