Looking for more poop for science!
Dear KittyBiome backers,
Thanks to your supportof the KittyBiome project, we were able to build a large database on the microbiome, diet, health, and lifestyle of pet cats. From... Read more
Planning the first kittybiome paper and a map
Yesterday we got another round of data for kittybiome participants from the sequencing center. The sequencing run went really well. We tried out a new (to us) way to normalize... Read more
Here is a status update on kittybiome. In December, we released an alpha version of our web app with preliminary data for the first 100 backers to submit samples... Read more
Results are coming soon!
Dear kittybiome backers,
Ack! Is it November already? We have been hard at work preparing a website for you to review the results from your cats and from the shelter... Read more
Just a brief update to let you all know that we have received the data back from the sequencing core facility on campus for our first two runs.... Read more
Receiving kitty poop samples and extracting DNA
We love getting kitty poop in the mail! We have received more than 60 samples in the past few weeks. Please keep them coming! Now we are busy extracting DNA... Read more
Collecting from the litter box
Sampling kits are on their way to you! When you receive your sampling kit, please go online and fill out the survey for your kitty cat here: https://kittybiome.typeform.com/to/cItmKt We are super excited... Read more
Sample kits and rewards now shipping and kitty survey link
Dear Kittybiome Backers,
We are very excited to be shipping out the sample kits! For those of you with kitty participants, when you receive the kit, please go to this... Read more
Back from the field and ready to get cracking on your cat poop samples!
Greetings! Recently I returned from a wonderful trip to Namibia in Southern Africa, where I collected fecal samples from cheetahs, lions and leopards. Here is a photo of two cheetahs who donated their... Read more
T-shirts and scarves and laser pointer pens!
We have ordered the scarves and pens. The t-shirt order is going in tomorrow. Please send me your sizing preferences if applicable. Sample kits and perks will go out in... Read more
We did it!
Thank you to all our backers for the wonderful support! Our campaign ended today. Yay! We are pleased to move on to the next phase of sending out sampling kits, processing... Read more
We are nearing the end of our Kitty Kickstarter to fund research on the microbiome of cats (less than two days left!). We have a number of generous backers who... Read more
Some preliminary results!
We did a quick sequencing run last week to get some preliminary data to share with you all before the end of the Kickstarter campaign. A reporter asked me to... Read more
Google Maps Inventor and his cat join kittybiome
We are pleased to announce that Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen, who invented Google Maps and his cat NDA have joined kittybiome.
We reached our stretch goal today and so we will have our "Cats for Science" t-shirts! We will print the shirts on Bella Canvas t-shirts in heather charcoal using water-based... Read more
Interested in learning more about beer as well as cats?
Our friends in Switzerland are running a Kickstarter campaign to sequence your beer: BeerDeCoded. And they have a special offer to kittybiome backers.
As you know, cats are extraordinary jumpers. All Kittybiome... Read more
Teaming up with Cat Tracker
We are pleased to announce that we are teaming up with Cat Tracker, a citizen science project that studies the activities of outdoor cats. All kittybiome participants with cats who... Read more
T-shirts and a stretch goal
We have been hard at work designing a beautiful new t-shirt to go with our crowdfunding campaign. We are so excited about it that we've decided to offer it as... Read more
Here is a video of Molly playing with the laser pointer that she got for participating in kittybiome. We will be sending them out once the campaign ends to all... Read more
Flickr group for kittybiome photos - part 2
Meow! Here is the link to our Flickr group: https://flic.kr/g/r9gWB
We would love it if participants post pictures of their kitties!
Flickr group for kittybiome photos
kittybiome group on Flickr
We have created a public photo group called kittybiome on Flickr. Please upload photos of your kitties! It will be great way to see the diversity... Read more
More about the wild cats
kittybiome is getting some great press (see articles in Popular Science, Wired and LiveScience). In the process, some questions have arisen about where we will get the wild cat samples. Here... Read more
Lil BUB is an official participant in kittybiome!
I am so very pleased to announce that Lil BUB has agreed to send us a poop sample. BUB is an ardent supporter of science and discovery for kitties... Read more
kittybiome hit its initial goal!
Thank you so much for your support of kittybiome. It's been a purrfect 24 hours for us. We hit our initial funding goal this morning, which means that... Read more
Clarification on Sequence My Kitty's Microbiome x 3
To clarify, you can use the reward for Sequence My Kitty's Microbiome x 3to sequence three cats or one cat three times. It's up to you. The more kitties,... Read more