Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Brave New World Here we Come: Manufacturing the Perfect Cat

Allerca | The Hypo-Allergenic Cat:
"The ALLERCA research and development teams comprise some of the leading specialists in animal genetic engineering. The team's expertise places ALLERCA in a unique position to produce the world's first hypoallergenic cat.

A glycoprotein, Fel d 1, secreted by the sebaceous glands, is the major cat allergen. This allergen is found in the fur, pelt, saliva, serum, urine, mucous, salivary glands, and hair roots of the cat.

Using patented genetic technology, the ALLERCA team will focus on the particular gene that produces the Fel d 1 glycoprotein. Using a technique known as 'gene silencing', the process reduces the gene’s ability to produce the protein.

Other genetic methods may produce allergen-fee cats, but these procedures rely on nuclear transfer (cloning) and may result in associated known risks prevalent in cloned animals. The gene silencing method adopted by ALLERCA is regarded as the most effective method of producing healthy hypoallergenic animals and is considered harmless to the cat."


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