What the heck is this? http://www.allerca.com

Someone just posted to the catlovers community about not being able to find hypoallergenic cats at any shelters. I guess there are some breeds that have much less dander, etc.

One commenter posted this Allerca site. Text from the website:


Millions of people worldwide are allergic to cats. One third of these ignore medical advice and keep at least one cat in their home.

A glycoprotein, Fel d 1, secreted by the sebaceous glands, is the major cat allergen. The main sources of the allergen, however, are the skin and saliva. Cat allergen is so small it can remain airborne for months and is about 10 times smaller than pollen or dust particles.

 
The ALLERCA research and development team placed the company in a unique position to produce the world’s first scientifically-proven hypoallergenic cat.

A glycoprotein, Fel d 1, secreted by the sebaceous glands, is the major cat allergen. This allergen is found in the fur, saliva, urine, mucous, salivary glands, and hair roots of the cat. The Fel d 1 gene present in normal cats is responsible for the production of this protein.

Starting with proprietary genetic testing technologies*, the ALLERCA team began by focusing on the particular gene that produces the Fel d 1 glycoprotein. The process uses gene sequencing to detect naturally occurring genetic divergences in cats. ALLERCA then targeted those divergences that could potentially produce kittens with a change in the structure of the Fel d 1 allergen produced by the gene. Using sophisticated bioinformatics to manage feline breeding programs, the final stage resulted in cats with a divergent gene that  produces a different version of the Fel D 1 protein – and a GD cat that no longer triggers the autoimmune system of people allergic to cats.

The next stage was to conduct controlled experiments exposing volunteers with known feline allergies to both ALLERCA GD cats and non-GD cats. The results? None of the human subjects exposed to the ALLERCA GD cats reacted in any way. When these same volunteers were exposed to non-GD cats, the subjects demonstrated classic symptoms of a feline allergic reaction, including watery eyes, runny noses, hives and itchy skin.

Source: http://www.allerca.com/html/development.html

Does this scare anyone else? YIKES!

They were offering franchises in CA? WHAT?

http://www.corp.ca.gov/enf/info/dr/06pdf/allerca.pdf

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/biotech/20061104-9999-1b4allerca.html

So they relocated headquarters to Delaware. Hmmm…

The CEO was convicted of a crime in England. Franchise fraud related:

Last week, Brodie acknowledged that he had a criminal conviction in England stemming from a failed franchise venture there. Brodie pleaded guilty to seven counts of false accounting and was sentenced to 2½ years in jail for his role in the 1992 demise of Cloudhoppers, a hot-air balloon-flight business in East Sussex.

Brodie’s company planned to sell dozens of flight franchises at 200,000 pounds each across Britain. Instead, Brodie ran up hundreds of thousands of pounds in debts, and charged consumers for flights that the company never provided, according to British press accounts at the time.

Source: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/biotech/20061104-9999-1b4allerca.html

Recent article:HERE

I hope someone can stop this before too many cats are bred/grown/manipulated….

3 Comments on Genetically Altered Hypoallergenic Cats? Um…WHAT?

  1. *ROARING at stupid-ass scientists* Leave the kitties ALONE. They have that protein for a reason!

  2. rebelfilms says:

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeew!!!!!!!!!

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