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Hypo-Allergenic Cats Now Available for Pre-Order

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the get-them-while-they're-hot dept.

Biotech 744

humuhumunukunukuapu' writes "Allerca Inc is now taking reservations for genetically engineered hypo-allergenic cats, which it calls 'lifestyle pets'... and apparently they are just the beginning... Read the press release here... and you can take delivery of a cuddy non-sinus bothering bundle of joy for just $3500. '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.' Meow!"

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Yeah, but... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635635)

Who would want to own a cat?

Sincerely,
A Dog Person

Re:Yeah, but... (5, Funny)

Nos. (179609) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635739)

You're obviously not a cat person. Every cat person knows that nobody owns a cat. The cat will accept your presence in their home, provided you clean their litter box, provide food and water, and attention when requested

Re:Yeah, but... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635757)

If I'm paying $3500, I better well damn own the thing.

Re:Yeah, but... (5, Funny)

Vainglorious Coward (267452) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635851)

I've heard this expressed as "dogs have owners; cats have staff"

Re:Yeah, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635742)

The average slashdotter... Cuz it's probably the only pussy they'll ever get.

OT but.... (1)

Gentlewhisper (759800) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635816)

How the hell did the term "pussy" arise in the American language?

I really don't get it, did cats used to have something to do with.. you know?

Like what? They used cats during sex or something?

Re:OT but.... (1)

over_exposed (623791) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635876)

-They're usually fuzzy
-Sometimes cute
-Almost always picky
-Smell horrible sometimes
-Think they own the place
-Good ones can be very expensive
-Cheap ones are almost always nasty
-Can cause "purr" if you pet it right

Make sense now?

Re:Yeah, but... (4, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635790)

For $6,500 I'll sell you a cat with the exact genome of a dog. Everyone wins! Your girlfriend gets to have a cat. You enjoy the animal because it acts and looks like a dog. And I get enough money to pay for October's bandwidth.

Re:Yeah, but... (0, Troll)

netfool (623800) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635801)

There are these usually smaller framed beings who have larger breats, longer hair that don't have penises (- they have vaginas). They are called Women. Women love cats. And so do their gay male friends.

Go out and see if you can meet some, maybe you'll get lucky.

And by lucky, I mean have sex (aka reproducing).

I would! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635809)

Eh? Get real. who woul...

**SHIT**

I thought you said fuck, not own

Mmmm..

Finally, a dog I can love (4, Funny)

SIGALRM (784769) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635636)

The hypoallergenic cat is the first of a planned series of lifestyle pets that ALLERCA will develop over the next few years
My sincere hope is, Allerca [allerca.com] will someday engineer a Yorkie that won't constantly pee on my carpet. Now that would be marketable. Cute yes... but Yorkies are damn monster sprinklers.

</wishfulthinking>

Re:Finally, a dog I can love (1)

LucidBeast (601749) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635796)

I wouldn't buy the cat either if it peed on the couch. Parent post is modded funny when it actually should be insightfull.

Re:Finally, a dog I can love (2, Informative)

Gentlewhisper (759800) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635837)

My sincere hope is, Allerca [allerca.com] will someday engineer a Yorkie that won't constantly pee on my carpet. Now that would be marketable. Cute yes... but Yorkies are damn monster sprinklers.

Dear Sigalarm,

You have raised a very good point, please accept our job offer as Marketing Executive in Allerca.

We can sell these "Pee Wee" Yorkies to all the fire departments in the country!

Regards,

CEO Allerca

Hyper-Allergenic (3, Interesting)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635637)

Wait until one mistake that turns these cute little kittens into Hyper-Allergenic.

On a more serious note though, I think everybody has her/his ideal world in mind, and this GE is offering the opportunity to achieve that.

However, like the old saying "One person's meat is another person's poison", I believe there is a reason for such allergy symptoms (maybe telling your body to get away from that bleeming cat?), and without this warning, I wonder if the still-allergic-to-cat person will suffer from far worse sickness because one of the cat allergens wasn't identified and removed?

Re:Hyper-Allergenic (4, Informative)

Carnildo (712617) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635698)

However, like the old saying "One person's meat is another person's poison", I believe there is a reason for such allergy symptoms (maybe telling your body to get away from that bleeming cat?), and without this warning, I wonder if the still-allergic-to-cat person will suffer from far worse sickness because one of the cat allergens wasn't identified and removed?

An allergy, by definition, is an inappropriate immune reaction to a harmless substance. The only thing an allergic reaction is telling you is that your immune system screwed up. Again.

Re:Hyper-Allergenic (2, Insightful)

Total_Wimp (564548) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635772)

An allergy, by definition, is an inappropriate immune reaction to a harmless substance. The only thing an allergic reaction is telling you is that your immune system screwed up. Again

Boy, couldn't disagree more. Evolution doesn't allow such things in they types of numbers we're experiencing. They symptom is almost certainly there for a reason, albeit a reason we may not now fathom.

That's the real problem with genetic engineering. We can only account for what we know or think we know. Evolution accounts for "everything". When you short circuit evolution on a biosphere level, which we're all too close to doing, you are playing with fire. I would hope that we'd understand that kind of fire before playing. Evidence suggests we do not.

TW

Re:Hyper-Allergenic (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635705)

Wait until one mistake that turns these cute little kittens into Hyper-Allergenic.

Don't worry, I hear as long as you don't feed them after midnight, everything will be fine.

well (4, Funny)

syrinx (106469) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635638)

I, for one, welcome our new genetically-engineered cat overlords.

Re:well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635824)

We actually don't care if you welcome us or not, so long as you clean the litterbox.

Now, rub my belly. And fetch my catnip.

Sincerely,

The Management

What a coincidence (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635644)

Drudge put this on his site a few hours ago and now it's here.

Wonderful! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635752)

So go back there. Here's a link. [drudgereport.com]
Bye.

$3500... (4, Funny)

Big Mark (575945) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635646)

...and you've still got to housetrain the bastard.

Re:$3500... (4, Funny)

BrookHarty (9119) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635723)

$3500 for a cute kitten.

$250 but for dress shoes.

Stepping in a pile of cat hairball vomit. Priceless.

Re:$3500... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635731)

I get your joke, but don't forget that cats, unlike dogs, are born housetrained - just one of their many advantages. :)

Re:$3500... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635747)

What, they come with a built-in litter-tray homing device these days?

Re:$3500... (2, Interesting)

mctanis (319096) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635830)

Mine did, and that was nearly 5 years ago.

Seriously, the cats searched around the house until they found "sand" -- pawed at it for a few minutes, then were good to go.

No accidents yet -- although I keep hearing about the accidents that my "dog person" friends have with their dogs every other day from (being in the house a measly 8hrs.)

Re:$3500... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635831)

Pretty much, yes. Every one of the probably 25 cats I, my friends, and my family have owned simply needed to be set in the cat box once or twice when you first bring them home so they know where it is, and then they go back there to do their business. Not one of those cats had an "accident."

Now, I guess you could consider the 1 minute or so (literally) you spend setting them in the box to make sure they know about it "training", but comparing that to what a dog requires makes that seem even more absurd.

House training (2, Informative)

ryane67 (768994) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635792)

house training huh... my wife and I have 2 cats.. first thing ya do is drop them in the litter box when you bring them home, scratch their paws in it.. and you're done. they are trained for life. havent had an accident.. ever.

Now... (4, Funny)

DarkHelmet (120004) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635649)

If only they'd genetically engineer fashion models to like nerds... Overweight fetishes are a plus.

Re:Now... (1)

Zemrec (158984) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635729)

Wow, that'd be the ultimate mail-order bride. If its $3500 for a GE kitten, how much for a GE wife? And I wonder if there'll be loans available.

Food (1)

Lifthrasir (646067) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635650)

Yes, but with all of the fuss about GM food, will this actually be good for you?

mmmm, time to go and get some satay :)

GM Food, (1)

Timmy D Programmer (704067) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635781)

So in China will these cats be banned as GM Food?

And what happens... (5, Interesting)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635653)

when owners start breeding from them and selling on the kittens??? Will there be a strict EULA that forbids the owner from breeding and that they must have them neutered at the first available opportunity???

Re:And what happens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635682)

Simple solution: only sell the pets castrated.

Re:And what happens... (4, Informative)

Akai (11434) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635683)

One word for you: Monsanto

They prosecute people who illegally grow their GE corn/etc.

I'm sure the same applies.

Hell, last time I bought a rose bush for my lady it had a warning on it that it was illegal to propigate without permissions.

Re:And what happens... (3, Funny)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635690)

For $3700, I would hope that they'd come pre-neutered.

Re:And what happens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635722)

That ought to be modded as funny or something of the sort. Irony.

If you buy any kind of breed pet *today*, as it is, you've got to sign a nice piece of paper forbidding you from breeding your new 2000 dollar Persian Blue and then neuter the thing at the available time.

Re:And what happens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635728)

I should imagine that they will come to us sterile. If they're smart enough to GE them to be non-allergenic, they're smart enough to get rid of the ability to re-produce, even if it's through surgical (ie Neutering) means.

Re:And what happens... (1)

Rad Adam (817968) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635750)

Even if they do restric the breeding of two of the hypoallergenic cats could you not take the loop hole? Breed a hypoallergenic cat with a normal cat. In turn you get a cat that has 1/2 the allergic capabilities! Consider you sell for half the cost ... that's not a bad deal. ^^

Rad Adam

P.S. Yes, I did some how pass the portion of genetics ... somehow.

Re:And what happens... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635766)

Q: What do you get when you crossbreed an Allerca cat with Monsanto corn?

A: A cat that brings a whole new meaning to the word 'stalk'... and 'ear' for that matter :-)

Re:And what happens... (1)

Tsu Dho Nimh (663417) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635803)

Easy to prevent - sell only neutered kittens. They can be neutered at a very early age.

Re:And what happens... (1)

aembleton (324527) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635849)

Allerca Inc will probably sell them already neutered.

Go Governor (1)

Toddimer (681068) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635657)

It's been a whole 5 seconds, and there are no 6th day comments yet! Must be a busy day *sips coffee*

Excellent, and Scary. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635659)

That's quite an accomplishment, and also a little freaky... though it probably won't be an issue so long as they all come spayed or neutered.

Most promising, however, is that they may someday be able to apply their techniques to produce a Presidential candidate that doesn't make so many voters sick. ;)

Sharks... (4, Funny)

Psiren (6145) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635661)

Call me back when they have lasers on sharks. Then I'll be impressed...

Sea bass? (1)

jwigum (813234) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635737)

with frickin' laser beams?

allergen-fee (1)

fembots (753724) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635663)

Other genetic methods may produce allergen-fee cats, but these procedures rely on nuclear transfer (cloning)

Wow, so these cats blackmail their owners, if no fee is paid, they'll release the allergen!

Hypoallermagenic... (1)

daishin (753851) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635665)

I can make my cat like that with a shaver, but he wouldnt like that, and anyone who has cat allergys can just stay away, so yeah, does the cat come in a test-tube and you just have to add water?

Re:Hypoallermagenic... (3, Informative)

Zooka (457908) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635826)

" I can make my cat like that with a shaver..."

It's not really the animals hair/fur that is the most significant allergen, but rather their *dander*. (Dander is flakes of dead skin). Their saliva and urine can also cause an allergic reaction.
http://www.theallergyreliefcenter.com/animal_aller gy.htm [theallergy...center.com]

Blue/ Green/Brainy Kitty (1)

Janitha (817744) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635666)

I want a blue/green genetically engineered cat with more brain power. Plus improve their eating habits to eat once per day, and do their dirty work once a day. Welcome to the Genetically Engineered pet era.

Heh... (3, Funny)

Burgundy Advocate (313960) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635671)

without the cost

RESTRICTIONS: 'Without cost' offer excludes $3,500 startup fee, prices and participation may vary.

Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635675)

We all knew this day would come. Apparently, we can do it. But should we?

Pre-orders of these new cats are outselling PS2s (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635678)

Looks like dark days ahead for Sony!

Re:Pre-orders of these new cats are outselling PS2 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635877)

bzzzt .... I'm sorry, but Aibo [sony.net] was the correct subject line reference.

Relative expenses... (1)

NeoSkandranon (515696) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635685)

All my family's cats are adopted. 3500 bucks would pay for my allergy medicine (not just to cat dander) for...a while. Probably longer than the lifetime of the cat.

I'm not sold yet... (1)

pLnCrZy (583109) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635686)

Call me when they have pets that don't require feeding and don't shit in the yard.

What next (1)

Izanagi (466436) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635692)

When they can genetically engineer a cat to fetch and respond to it's name then sign me up!!

Re:What next (1)

spectecjr (31235) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635791)

When they can genetically engineer a cat to fetch and respond to it's name then sign me up!!

I've got one that responds to its name, and can learn how to do simple tasks (such as open doors and window sashes once it sees how the humans do it). No genetic engineering required.

Cats are, however, too intelligent to play fetch.

This cat is also Zero-G approved! (5, Funny)

smug_lisp_weenie (824771) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635693)

video [216.40.242.213]

$3500 for a cat... (5, Funny)

Thunderstruck (210399) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635695)

We got a cat, it was free... we named it 1.

We did this for two reasons. First, if it has a number, we're less attached to it when the inevitable happens. Second, my wife was allergic to cats but we weren't sure how badly.

If we had spent $3500 on a cat, we're then somehow obligated to spend $4000 on feline coronary bypass surgery, $8000 on a feline tummy-tuck, and $3000 on feline counseling services.... Where does this end?

Re:$3500 for a cat... (1)

MustardMan (52102) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635872)

My cat is named Five... seriously.

Cat Five.

Get it?

I wish I came up with the joke orignally, but sadly I stole it from an internet comic. I did, however, have the lack of class to give my loving companion a name based solely on something to make other geeks chuckle.

$3500 for a kitty? (2, Interesting)

Zemrec (158984) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635696)

Damn. And I paid $65 for mine from the shelter, which included a vet check-up, all vaccines, and spaying.

I assume this company will be neutering/spaying before they give them to their customers. Otherwise, people would just breed their own, and then sell the kittens.

Re:$3500 for a kitty? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635845)

Irrevelant subject, IMHO. Should be:
$3500 FOR A KITTY???!!!?!111!

Suggested body:
MWUAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Dang Genetics!!! (1)

Cracell (788266) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635699)

ok, do we really need more pets? There are freakin everywhere!!!, how about making a virus that makes them infertile or something?! seriously let's stick the genetic engineering to animals that we eat and plants (ok that won't happen) but anyways too many animals!!! someone please email me a burger, thanks

Re:Dang Genetics!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635819)

ok, do we really need more pets? There are freakin everywhere!!!, how about making a virus that makes them infertile or something?!

Yeah, lets do that for stupid people too.

Prior Art (5, Interesting)

Racter (804902) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635707)

Cornish Rex
Devon Rex
Siberian
Sphynx

...are all "hypo-allergenic" breeds (don't produce dander).

Re:Prior Art (2, Informative)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635741)

Dander is skin cells not hair.

Re:Prior Art (2, Informative)

Racter (804902) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635863)

Dander is skin cells not hair.

You may notice that, of the four breeds, three of them have fur. Further investigation is left as an exercise for the stonent.

License and registration, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635708)

MEOW!!

-"Super Troopers"

I for one... (1)

nEoN nOoDlE (27594) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635710)

welcome our new hypo-allergenic feline masters. But seriously, the future is now. This is kinda cool and creepy at the same time, since this is the stuff I've seen only in cheesy science fiction movies.

Cheaper Alternative. (1)

Deathlizard (115856) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635715)

Here [cfa.org]

Ill wait.. (1)

TiggertheMad (556308) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635717)

...until I can get a hyper allogenic BONSAI KITTEN!

Of course, I don't understand why you care if your cat is alergic to stuff...

A bit pricey.. (5, Insightful)

tji (74570) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635726)

From the site:

Priced at $3,500, the cost of an ALLERCA kitten is similar or less than some of the more exotic cat breeds available today.

Ummhh.. yeah.. But, it's a bit more than the "free kittens" we all see signs for throughout our home towns.

hypo or non allergenic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635730)

I wonder if "hypo-allergenic" means "non-allergenic" in this context. If someone suffers from cat allergies, a "hypo-allergenic" cat may not be enough, giving them a false sense of security until AFTER they plop down the $3500. If it was a non-allergenic cat, then we can party.

Im sick of... (5, Funny)

TEMM (731243) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635736)

corporations genetically engineering my favorite foods.

What next? (1)

GillBates0 (664202) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635744)

Domestic pets who refrain from licking their balls in public?

I shure hope so.

Re:What next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635804)

Envy is such an ugly thing.

Glycoprotein (2, Interesting)

killermookie (708026) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635748)

So they're reducing the amount this gene is about to produce this protein. Is there a reason why cats produce this protein and by reducing it cause any health issues with the cat?

Re:Glycoprotein (1)

Tsu Dho Nimh (663417) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635859)

From what I have read, cats are "secreters", which means some of their blood antigens are not only produced on the blood cells, but also produced by the salivary glands and excreted in their saliva. Saliva can be a potent allergen. Now that the gene is identified, they can make a "knock-out" cat that doesn't have the secreter gene.

Humans have a similar gene and those that are not "secreters" are just as healthy as those that are.

So torn... (1)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635749)

I like both cats and dogs but am allergic to the former. So while a cat that doesn't give me an asthma attack would be pretty cool, I find GE stuff to be distasteful at best. I'm sure this is self contradictory somewheres, but I don't think fiddling with an animals genome is a good idea. Hence my dilemma. Guess I'll stick with Option C then, and just enjoy the rottie;-)

does it come with an MP3 player? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635758)

For $3500, kitty better have at least 20GB of storage in her butt.

Hmm, this was done years ago. (2, Interesting)

EoRaptor (4083) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635760)


Breeders already have cats that are missing the allergen causing protein from their saliva.

Bengal Cats and Siberian-Russians are two such breeds, and several unofficial subbreeds also fit the bill.

Google if you want breed info, but Bengals are a short haired, very outgoing breed with great social skills and tons of energy. The also play fetch and are suprisingly clever. Siberian-Russians are a long haired breed who behave more like traditional cats, in that they can be fat and lazy all the way through to hyper.

Re:Hmm, this was done years ago. (1)

sqlrob (173498) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635823)

And are loud. We have a cat that we think is part bengal and he yowls whenever he's not sure where we are. You can hear him through two closed doors across the house.

Finally (1)

chaffed (672859) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635762)

I'm pretty optimistic about the future. I think I may find out, in my lifetime, if androids dream of electric sheep [philipkdick.com] !

I do have a really bad joke on the mind that involves a New Zealander and electric sheep. However I won't share so that I can spare some peoples feelings...

How do they control their market? (2, Interesting)

tji (74570) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635763)

So, are there other genetic changes they make to the cats? For example, making them infertile?

Otherwise, how do they prevent people from buying a few of them, breeding them, and undercutting their market?

I am allergic to cats, so I've never really considered getting one before. But, if these come down to the couple hundred dollar range, I might be interested. But, at $3,500/each, I think I'll instead go for that dual 2.5GHz G5 Mac.

Re:How do they control their market? (1)

Zemrec (158984) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635805)

Neutering. Duh.

Obviously not a pet owner. Cats are prolific breeders, and there's a lot more cats in this country than people to care for them. Hence humane societies catch and neuter them so the population can be controlled.

How about a Ferret? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635764)

I mean really. Those things are cute as hell, but damn do they smell. Engineer away those musk glands, and I'd buy one up in a jiffy.

Schnorkie or Yowzer (0, Offtopic)

Mr. Flibble (12943) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635771)

Here is a short summary of the man page for my dog.

I have a Yorkie-Mini Schnauzer cross, and she has the following features:

1) Incredibly cute. Daisy's Picture [walford.ca]

2) Does not pee on the carpet. I strongly reccomend this book, an absolute must for humanely and effectively training your dog. [amazon.com]

3) She triggers no cat allergies whatsoever.

4) She did not cost $3500.

5) She, like other dogs, after adequate programming (RTFM in point #2 above ;) performs well according to input givem from the user. Like any canine, with bad programming or inadequate data, she will not behave correctly. A canine that bluescreens is not a good dog.

6) She is not a cat.

In all seriousness though, get that book and train your dog. Yorkies or any other dog will not pee on your carpet if you train them appropriately. Note, some dogs may have medical reasons that cause inadvertant leakage, you may need to check with your vet about this.

Not the only way to get a hypo-allergenic cat (2, Informative)

jparker (105202) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635777)

In case you're a cat lover with allergies (like me) and not entirely fond of genetic engineering (also like me), there are a few breeds of cats that are naturally hypo-allergenic. We had a devon rex (http://www.cfainc.org/breeds/profiles/devon.html) that never gave me any allergy problems. They look a little odd until you get used to them, but now all other cats just look strange to me. I believe there are other breeds as well (the cornish rex, for one) that play nice with your allergies.
And the $3500 price tag on one of these makes the $600 I spent look a lot more reasonable.

Also good for... (4, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635779)

...dogs with dietary allergies.

Seriously, if you are that hard up for companionship, $3500 will pay for some nice hookers.

Vapor...genetics? (2, Insightful)

FiReaNGeL (312636) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635784)

"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."

Notice the "will develop". Notice the 2007 date. Notice the high price tag. Genetic engineering is not like building a car. It's unpredictable. At this point, their 'research' is vaporware at best.

"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."

Will silencing this protein have undesirable effects? Nobody knows. And it's only the 'major' allergen, not the only one.

I wouldn't be betting 3500$ on this at the moment. Altought its a cute idea. Cats as guinea pigs for genetic engineering anyone?

Where's my calendar? (1)

Rich Klein (699591) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635811)

Surely it's not April 1st already?

Promising News (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635815)

Maybe they will be able to genetically engineer a woman who won't be repulsed by my face

Or a cheaper alternative.... (2, Insightful)

Savet Hegar (791567) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635821)

Just build up a tollerance to the cat.

Since I was young, I've been extremely alergic to anything with fur. Guinnea pigs, gerbils, dogs, cats, you name it.

I had to get rid of a Guinnea pig because I broke out in hives.

I got a dog when I was about 13, and even though it killed my alergies for a while, I got used to it. Now I have 3 dogs and a cat, and none bother my alergies.

Alergies are an extreme response from the body to a foreign substance. By building up a tolerance, the body reacts less extremely.

But not allergen-free (4, Informative)

Autumnmist (80543) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635841)

From their site:
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.

Allerca cats will only lack one of the potential cat allergens... potentially deadly for people allergic to other proteins secreted by the cats. In addition, the gene silencing technique (I assume they refer to RNAi perhaps using siRNAs) cannot be guaranteed 100% effective--all it takes is one mutation.... More info about RNAi here [miami.edu] and here [nature.com] .

However, as someone with moderately severe cat allergies, this is definitely a start.

Glow-in-the-Dark Hypoallergenic Cat to Follow? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635847)

So, when will this cat be "mated" with Alba, the glow-in-the-dark bunny rabbit [ekac.org] ?

A promising start (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10635853)

I'm not a "cat-man" myself, but let's hope they
quickly develop a dog with no legs
(It'll make 'em a lot less trouble to fuck)

Good... (1)

dickeya (733264) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635868)

now my dog won't sneeze when carrying our cat around by the head.

Cat DRM (1)

Foktip (736679) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635870)

okay - like most other companies these days, they WILL definitely want some sort of copy protection.

so your cat cant be mixed with other cat formats! :P

Underwear Gnomes look out! (1)

Mr. Cancelled (572486) | more than 9 years ago | (#10635879)

Does anyone know if these things are sterile?

Here's what I'm thinkin':
  1. Buy 2 hypo-allergenic cats for a total of $7000.00
  2. Let them screw like bunnys
  3. Sell my own hypo-allergenic kitties for $2500.00 apiece
  4. After the 3rd sale, I'm in profit city baby!
Underwear Gnomes, eat yer' heart out.

Now there is, of course, the initial investment of $7000.00 (he says while scanning the crowd). So who'd like to be among the first to invest in "Kittys4Less".
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