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    US hypoallergenic cats go on sale
    The world's first specially-bred hypoallergenic cats have gone on sale in the United States.
    US biotech firm Allerca says it has managed to selectively breed them by reducing a certain type of protein that triggers allergic reactions.

    The cats will not cause the red eyes, sneezing and even asthma that some cat allergy sufferers experience, except in the most acute cases.

    Despite costing $3,950, there is already a waiting list to get one.

    Allerca first started taking orders for genetically engineered hypoallergenic cats back in 2004.

    It tested huge numbers of cats trying to find the tiny fraction which do not carry the glycoprotein Fel d1 - contained in its saliva, fur and skin - which produces allergies.

    Those cats were then used to breed the hypoallergenic cats.

    The company's Steve May told the BBC that it is a natural, if time consuming method.

    "This is a natural gene divergence within the cat DNA - one out of 50,000 cats will have this natural divergence," he said.

    "So candidates, natural divergent cats were found and then bred so there is really no modification of the gene."

    The BBC's Pascale Harter says there could soon be a global market for the kittens - in the US alone 38 million households own a cat, and around the world an estimated 35% of humans suffer from allergies.


    Story from BBC NEWS:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/h...th/5375900.stm

    "With a deep, not-unhappy sigh, Elric prepared to do battle with an army." (Red Pearls)
    - Michael Moorcock

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    Now if they would just do this with guinea pigs(no I don't want a hairless "skinny pig"). Everytime I hold my Fishie Fishie Baby Boy Boy I itch like crazy :<:<:<:<

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    • #3
      My cat does his own genetic splicing.

      This worries me.

      Today I awoke with a tail and a hunger for ocean whitefish.

      Miqque
      ... just another sailor on the seas of Fate, dogpaddling desperately ...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Miqque
        My cat does his own genetic splicing.

        This worries me.

        Today I awoke with a tail and a hunger for ocean whitefish.




        wait until you crave tuna!

        "With a deep, not-unhappy sigh, Elric prepared to do battle with an army." (Red Pearls)
        - Michael Moorcock

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        • #5
          One of our cats was rescued from a lab. He was bred to have relatively coarse fur that doesn't shed as heavily and has less dander than other cats'.

          He also has cool green tattoos in his ears from when he was registered with a federal research program.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Doc
            One of our cats was rescued from a lab. He was bred to have relatively coarse fur that doesn't shed as heavily and has less dander than other cats'.

            He also has cool green tattoos in his ears from when he was registered with a federal research program.

            Bizarre, I never heard of a cat with tattoos before!


            The cat might have to be checked for "X-Files" type implants.

            I'm glad he was saved,hope the tatts did not hurt him.

            "With a deep, not-unhappy sigh, Elric prepared to do battle with an army." (Red Pearls)
            - Michael Moorcock

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            • #7
              Thanks, Lem. He doesn't seem to be worse for the wear, so to speak. He's certainly odd (in the best way), but that seems to come from living in a cage for the first ten months of his life. He takes just about any opportunity he can to run through the house, always finding a way to run as far as he can and as fast as he can . He also likes climbing more than most cats. Maybe the most interesting thing about him is he sleeps less that most cats, and not much during the day. When he was in the lab, people were there only between 7 am and 6 pm, so those were his waking hours. He still likes the schedule, I guess...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Doc
                Thanks, Lem. He doesn't seem to be worse for the wear, so to speak. He's certainly odd (in the best way), but that seems to come from living in a cage for the first ten months of his life. He takes just about any opportunity he can to run through the house, always finding a way to run as far as he can and as fast as he can . He also likes climbing more than most cats. Maybe the most interesting thing about him is he sleeps less that most cats, and not much during the day. When he was in the lab, people were there only between 7 am and 6 pm, so those were his waking hours. He still likes the schedule, I guess...

                Doc,

                That's good! -and pretty wild!

                He sure seems to savour his free life, which is delightful!


                -Lemec

                "With a deep, not-unhappy sigh, Elric prepared to do battle with an army." (Red Pearls)
                - Michael Moorcock

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