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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 08:59 PM
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Company to sell genetically engineered cats - no more cat allergies
Company to sell genetically engineered cats

By PAUL ELIAS, AP Biotechnology Writer


Last Updated: October 26, 2004, 06:10:16 PM PDT


The biotechnology revolution is even shaking up the pet world.
First came a cloned cat. Then came the fish genetically engineered to glow.

Now, a Los Angeles company plans to strike it rich by exploiting the latest in biotechnology to create cats genetically engineered to be nearly free from the allergy-causing proteins that plague millions of people.

Allerca Inc. president Simon Brodie said by 2007 the company will use "RNA interference" to "silence" a gene in cats that produces the irritant, which is excreted through saliva and the skin.

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http://www.modbee.com/state_wire/story/9336728p-1024367...
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 09:01 PM
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1. Dateline 2008: Giant hypo-allerginic killer cats continue rampage!
LOL
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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 09:12 PM
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3. "We can't play god--not with cats!"
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lanparty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 09:08 PM
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2. It may help in the short term but ...
Edited on Tue Oct-26-04 09:11 PM by lanparty
A reliable vaccine against cat allergy is on the way.

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthnewsfeed/HNF_415.H...


I myself have a pretty bad cat allergy. If I'm exposed, I have to change all my clothes and take a shower. Cat dander is sticky shit and it's difficult to get rid of!!!!!


Anyway, an allergy shot will probably be cheaper than a "non-allergenic" cat. And it will apply to all your cat harboring friends houses as well!!!!


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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 09:15 PM
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4. I agree. Fix the faulty humans.....cats aren't broke.
Just kidding. I feel sorry for people who are allegic to cats.
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lanparty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 09:48 PM
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5. I feel sorry for people who choose ..

I feel sorry for people who choose cats over dogs!!!! ;-)

Just kidding!!!

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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 10:14 PM
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6. Now if they could just make 'em that don't SHED!!
And can they make it retroactive????

I'm up to my frickin' EARS in CAT HAIR!! I can't wear a dark suit! I just walk past my two little buddies and I get hair on me. I spend hundreds of dollars a month on lint rollers!! AARRRRGGGGHHHHHHHH!!

BAke
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meow2u3 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 10:44 PM
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7. Just what we need: FRANKENKITTIES
What next? Genetically engineered mice, able to kill cats? :shrug:
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 10:51 PM
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8. LOL! FRANKENKITTIES
That is very funny.
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-04 10:52 PM
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9. Olbermann mentioned that on his show
Along with the cloning of kitties to keep them around forever... creepy!
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