Originally Posted by missymotus
We have it over here (fairly new I think), I know many breeders are quite excited about getting their cats tested.
Good news, I think at the moment we are restricted to sending buccal swabs or blood samples to the US, and not all traits are able to be tested for as some feline genetics is still in the realms of mystery, it's all OK where genes are straightforward dominant/recessive and where 1 protein determines 1 physical trait (given that 1 gene=coding for production of 1 protein), but most genes don't fall into that category.
I know if I want my parrot DNA tested for gender I can get it done with a blood sample or 3 feathers pulled out at the root for the cost of £25 + postage & packing, but really that's a fairly simple test for the presence of V/W chromosomes (the bird equivalent of X/Y chromosomes) but not looking at genes. As I have no interest in breeding him (and he has no interest in other birds being hand-reared) I haven't bothered, because it's not important to me to know 'his' gender. I am really not sure what is available at the moment for cats, but I know the feline genome project has to have advanced lab testing in some way!