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ALLERCA Inc. to Develop the World's First Hypo-Allergenic Cats
Yahoo News ^ | October 26, 2004

Posted on 10/26/2004 9:08:30 PM PDT by Between the Lines

ALLERCA Inc. today launched a project to produce the world's first hypoallergenic cats. The hypoallergenic cats produced by ALLERCA will allow consumers to enjoy the love and companionship of a pet without the cost, inconvenience, risk, and limited effectiveness of current allergy treatments. Clients will take delivery of the first ALLERCA kittens in 2007. The hypoallergenic cat is the first of a planned series of lifestyle pets that ALLERCA will develop over the next few years.

ALLERCA's hypoallergenic cats will be a significant new alternative to the traditional treatment of cat allergies given that it eliminates the allergen at its source. Researchers will use patented biotechnology to suppress the allergen-producing gene in cats. For the first time, people who have been unable to own a cat because of their allergies will be able to have a pet of their own without the associated risks and costs of allergy treatments. The potential health benefits are also far-reaching. Treatment of cat allergies is currently a multi-billion-dollar industry, and approximately 10% of the country, or 27 million Americans, have cat allergies. Cat allergen is one of the three major risk factors for developing childhood allergies, asthma, and other respiratory diseases that are becoming a serious public health issue.

The response from animal lovers to ALLERCA's hypoallergenic cat project has been overwhelmingly positive. The company has received thousands of inquiries from the USA, Japan and Europe and already maintains a wait list. With the launch of the project, ALLERCA has implemented a web-based reservation system for those who want to be first to own and enjoy an ALLERCA hypoallergenic cat.

About ALLERCA

ALLERCA Inc. is a biotechnology company working with leading genetic technologies focusing on animal genetics, research and development. ALLERCA is currently developing the world's first hypoallergenic cat, expected in 2007. ALLERCA Inc. is headquartered in Los Angeles, California and maintains an international presence in Europe, Japan, Australia and Latin America. Read more at http://www.allerca.com.

Contact:

Simon Brodie ALLERCA Inc. 11400 W. Olympic Blvd. Suite 200 Los Angeles, CA 90064 Tel: 310.312.9522 Fax: 310.861.5606 Email: pr@allerca.com


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: allergy; cats; health

1 posted on 10/26/2004 9:08:31 PM PDT by Between the Lines
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To: Between the Lines

Oh, good. A cat I can blow my nose on with no irritation.


2 posted on 10/26/2004 9:09:35 PM PDT by TheBigB (Please Lord...let Bush win and I promise...no naughty thoughts about Lindsay Lohan for a week.)
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To: ntnychik

This is what you need!!


3 posted on 10/26/2004 9:10:16 PM PDT by potlatch (Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.)
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To: potlatch

Are they bald cats?


4 posted on 10/26/2004 9:11:34 PM PDT by Ingtar (Understanding is a three-edged sword : your side, my side, and the truth in between ." -- Kosh)
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To: Between the Lines

the law of unintended consequences are not going to be nice to these people


5 posted on 10/26/2004 9:13:09 PM PDT by GeronL (FREE KERRY'S SCARY bumper sticker .......... http://www.kerrysscary.com/bumper_sticker.php)
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To: Between the Lines

All that said, after feeding our cat Friskies Seafood Swill, next comes her trip to the litterbox...that'll make your eyes water.


6 posted on 10/26/2004 9:13:28 PM PDT by sierrahome (Department of Redundancy Department)
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To: Between the Lines

This piece has the feel of the beginning of some horror movie.


7 posted on 10/26/2004 9:13:32 PM PDT by BJClinton (We need a President who will stand up to the trial lawyers in Washington, not put one on the ticket.)
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To: Between the Lines

Hmmmm: a cat which does not offend the sinuses but morphs into an Alien with acidic blood and a habit of layng eggs near nuclear reactors....


8 posted on 10/26/2004 9:15:15 PM PDT by Petronski (A Monday morning quarterback has never led any team to victory.)
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To: potlatch

Now here's news you can use. You never know what will scroll up on FR. Wonder what this genetic engineering will do to their temperaments? Almost afraid to find out! How do you ping the Viking Kitties?


9 posted on 10/26/2004 9:20:55 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Between the Lines

This reminds me A LOT of "Re-pet" in the Schwartzenegger movie "The Sixth Day"!


10 posted on 10/26/2004 9:21:26 PM PDT by Still German Shepherd (Let's call them what they are: liberals are communists and socialists.)
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To: Between the Lines; tuliptree76

Cats: God's Mobile Target System


11 posted on 10/26/2004 9:22:08 PM PDT by Terabitten (Live as a bastion of freedom and democracy in the midst of the heart of darkness.)
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To: sierrahome
All that said, after feeding our cat Friskies Seafood Swill, next comes her trip to the litterbox...that'll make your eyes water.

LOL. But no doubt they will be able to fix that too, and the cat will pee rosewater.

12 posted on 10/26/2004 9:22:49 PM PDT by Still German Shepherd (Let's call them what they are: liberals are communists and socialists.)
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To: Between the Lines

A Sphynx cat is almost hairless and is supposedly easy on the alergies. This cat was first bred in the late 1960's Toronto, Canukia (Canada).
I would expect you can find one these here in the States.
13 posted on 10/26/2004 9:27:03 PM PDT by pyx (Too busy ? If you get cheated by the LEFT on November 2, 2004, you only have yourself to blame.)
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To: Tragically Single

Wonder how they are going to do this.


14 posted on 10/26/2004 9:27:04 PM PDT by tuliptree76
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To: Still German Shepherd

Speaking of German Shepherds...Last month my wife asked me to take the cat to the vet. My car was in the shop so I used my teenaged daughters VW Cabrolet. So I'm at a stoplight with the cat in the car when a large chevy pickup pulls up next to me and it has two german shepherds in the back. For a moment...I felt like an interior decorator.


15 posted on 10/26/2004 9:28:56 PM PDT by sierrahome (Department of Redundancy Department)
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To: sierrahome

LOL. I'll bet those German Shepherds were beautiful.


16 posted on 10/26/2004 9:34:18 PM PDT by Still German Shepherd (Let's call them what they are: liberals are communists and socialists.)
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To: pyx
Sorry somehow I just don't feel like cuddling up with that Sphynx cat. Cats look better with clothes on.
17 posted on 10/26/2004 9:36:34 PM PDT by Still German Shepherd (Let's call them what they are: liberals are communists and socialists.)
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To: pyx

Have a friend who has a Sphnyx cat. Myself and others who are very cat allergic, who com ein contact with it rearely if ever have even the slightest allergic reaction. As far as catss go, being a dog person, it's a really good playful cat too.


18 posted on 10/26/2004 9:37:12 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Between the Lines

This will be good news for my dog, who hasn't enjoyed a cat in years.


19 posted on 10/26/2004 9:43:23 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("Ich glaube, du hast in die hosen geschissen!")
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To: Between the Lines
Wow, this sounds like my salvation. I adore cats, but haven't been able to own one for 25 years--I can't even visit my brother, who has two, for more than a few hours. The consequences of trying to spend the night at his (very clean) house include uncontrollable asthma that takes weeks to recover from.

Unfortunately I since comforted myself by buying a dog, and it's the sort of dog who would never let a kitten live.

20 posted on 10/26/2004 9:47:17 PM PDT by Capriole
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To: Ingtar

I have no idea, just saw the article and pinged a friend.


21 posted on 10/26/2004 9:51:32 PM PDT by potlatch (Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.)
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To: Between the Lines

Frankencats?


22 posted on 10/26/2004 10:12:44 PM PDT by drlevy88
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To: Between the Lines

I heard they are also working on a dog that never poops. :>)


23 posted on 10/26/2004 10:39:14 PM PDT by spinestein (Nov 2nd. Don't forget to flush the Johns)
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To: spinestein; Between the Lines; TheBigB; potlatch; Ingtar; GeronL; sierrahome; BJClinton; ...

I heard they are also working on a dog that never poops. :>)

"And over here I have bred some four-assed monkeys..." (Dr. Mephisto of South Park)

"Pete has no cat feet..."

"He has no mule ears..."

"He has no seal tail..." (Hooked on Phonics)

"Perhaps I should have known better than to mess with God's creations" (Dr. Mephisto, again)

24 posted on 10/27/2004 1:36:47 AM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

LOL, I never watch South Park. Funny ideas anyway!


25 posted on 10/27/2004 7:47:03 PM PDT by potlatch (Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.)
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To: potlatch

If you never watch South Park, you're always too comfortable.


26 posted on 10/27/2004 10:11:47 PM PDT by spinestein (Nov 2nd. Don't forget to flush the Johns)
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To: spinestein

How am I too comfortable if I DON'T watch South Park??


27 posted on 10/27/2004 10:13:40 PM PDT by potlatch (Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.)
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To: potlatch

Only because watching South Park makes everyone very uncomfortable.


28 posted on 10/27/2004 10:16:27 PM PDT by spinestein (Nov 2nd. Don't forget to flush the Johns)
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To: spinestein

LOL, maybe that's why I never watch it!! LOL, are we going in circles here??


29 posted on 10/27/2004 10:18:25 PM PDT by potlatch (Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.)
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