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Why would more markers for the same disease be beneficial?

Genetic diseases and physical traits can be associated with a single genetic variant or multiple variants. Unlike Basepaws competitors, our updated health and traits marker panel aims to include all known variants associated with different traits and diseases. From a disease perspective, this means that you get a more comprehensive view of your cat's risk for each disease. For example, we now test for 4 markers associated with HCM, instead of the original 2. These 2 new additional markers may potentially reveal the risk of HCM, despite the fact that the cat tested negative for the original 2 markers.

However, it is important to remember that even with more markers tested per disease (and per trait), we still don't know everything. There might be genetic variants associated with a disease that science has not yet discovered. Additionally, environmental factors can also contribute to disease risk.

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