Submitting DNA

DNA from HCM positive Siberians is needed to find the genes that cause heart disease. Additional control samples are NOT needed at this time. We ask breeders and pet owners contribute to ongoing research projects. PLEASE include a copy of the pedigree, echocardiograms and findings, and the following information with every sample.


Contact Information
Your Name
Email address

Cat Information

Registered Name of the Cat

Registered Breed

Name of the Sire

Name of the Dam

Date of Birth

HCM Diagnosis


  1. Most researchers accept DNA taken from saliva swabs. Q-Tips can be used for these samples.
  2. Sample only one cat at a time. If samples are to be collected from more than one cat, please complete steps 1-6 for each cat before beginning sampling the next one.
  3. Use 2 double-ended cotton swabs. Place swab head between the cheek and gums, then swirl vigorously 8-10 times. Use both ends of the cotton swab.
  4. Wave the swab in the air for 20 seconds to air dry. Moisture can damage DNA.
  5. Place cotton swabs in a paper envelope. Write the name of the cat on the sealed envelope.
  6. Do not wrap swabs in plastic or put them in plastic bags.
  7. Place all samples, forms, and health and pedigree information into one envelope.


Dr. Leslie Lyons / Siberian HCM Study
Department of Population Health and Reproduction,
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
Sample protocols for sending DNA to UC Davis

09/01/2010 ~ Siberian HCM research by Dr. Lyons at UC Davis has been funded, but additional DNA is needed at this time. If you are submitting DNA to another university, please submit a copy of all data to Dr. Lyons, and include a note stating where your sample was sent.


Kathryn Meurs
Veterinary Cardiac Genetics Laboratory, WSU
Post Office Box 605
Pullman, WA 99163-0605
Instructions for information and DNA samples

Dr. Meurs did not find any causes of Siberian HCM in her first study, but is continuing ongoing research. Her lab prefers blood samples. If you have submitted blood from a HCM positive Siberian to another university, please notify Dr. Meurs.


Hannes Lohi / Minna Virta
Biomedicum Helsinki
PL 63
00014 Hensinki University

 Tom Lundberg 2005