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First hypoallergenic cats

27th September 2006

28092006_kitten1.jpgThe US biotech firm Allerca has put the world's first specially bred hypoallergenic cats on sale.
 
The firm says it has managed to selectively breed them by reducing a type of protein, glycoprotein Fel d1, that triggers allergic reactions. The protein is contained in an animal's saliva, fur and skin.

The cats have been selectively bred to produce the hypoallergenic kittens, which cost $3,950 (£2,104). Allerca first started taking orders for hypoallergenic cats in 2004; there is already a waiting list for the kittens.

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