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New York Times: Cat Lovers Lining Up for No-Sneeze Kitties

Jerome, if ever one of those kittens gets lost for good, something to consider...

A small California biotech company says it is ready to deliver the Holy Grail of the $35 billion pet industry: a hypoallergenic cat.

Two cats with a mutant gene that produces a modified protein far less likely to induce allergies.

At the start of next year, the first kittens -- which the company calls "lifestyle pets" -- will go home to eager owners who have been carefully screened and have been on a waiting list for more than two years.

Since it announced the project in October 2004, the company, Allerca, of San Diego, says it has received inquiries from people in 85 countries seeking to buy a cat bred so that its glands do not produce the protein responsible for most human cat allergies.

Cats ordered now will take 12 to 15 months for delivery in the United States, 15 to 18 months in Europe. Cost: $4,000. And owners must pass Allerca's finicky screening tests.

Prospective buyers are interviewed for motivation and warmth, approved as if they were adopting a child. Will they punish if kitty has an accident on the floor or scratches the furniture? Their families and their homes -- from carpets to curtains -- must also be evaluated for allergies and allergens.



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by marco on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 07:52:22 AM EST
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BoingBoing: Cat with a EULA

Allerca, a company that is offering genetically modified cats at $4,000 each, makes you "agree" to a EULA before they sell you your puddy tat:

    Purchaser shall not sell or transfer any Cat purchased hereunder to anyone other than an immediate family member, and shall not offer to any person the purchase of a Cat or any genetic material from a Cat, the rights Purchaser may have under this Agreement, or any other right related hereto, without the Company's express written authorization.

The cats are sold neutered.

Update: Patrick sez, "Allerca's headquarters was located in my apartment building, and they were evicted for non-payment of rent a few months ago. There was also an article in the San Diego Tribune, which questions their credibility."



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 07:59:57 AM EST
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What's EULA?
by Fran on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 08:03:13 AM EST
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End User License Agreement -- like the ones you agree to for software.
by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 08:08:49 AM EST
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Thanks! Guess when I have to agree to the ones for software it has different initials, as the agreement is in German.
by Fran on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 08:10:24 AM EST
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Sorry, Fran, I should have spelled it out.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 08:26:27 AM EST
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End User License Agreement. Most often seen in connection with software, but I suppose Monsanto also "licenses" rather than "sells" their GM seeds?

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 08:42:23 AM EST
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Innovation, we tell you.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 10:39:11 AM EST
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What happens if Kitty has bugs?

Do you get your money back, or do you have to wait for the upgrade?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 01:00:26 PM EST
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