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Monday, March 28, 2005

It is the cat's whiskers

For those of us who are cat lovers the news that scientists are a 'whisker away from a cat allergy cure' is welcome. Even cat enthusiasts can suffer from this malady. Worse, if you own a cat, you can be limited in who you welcome back to your home.

My one doubt is over the methods used to achieve this breakthrough. The Guardian reports that:

'Andrew Saxon, of the University of California in Los Angeles, injected mice - genetically engineered to be allergic to cats - with a newly developed part-cat, part-human protein. Within a month, the mice were cured of the allergy.'

Surely it is healthy for mice to be allergic to cats! Having engineered them that way, wouldn't it have been better to leave them in that state?
Traditionally, Friday is for blogs about cats

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