Ok so today in bio my prof brought up some interesting news I thought I'd check out instead of studying for physics. Apparently there are some scientists who are currently trying to develop some hypoallergenic cats (and were thinking of charging $5000 per cat, yikes!) so I wanted to check it out and see if it was true. All I could find was a company, who looks like they already are producing some hypoallergenic cats? Just wondering if anyone else had heard anything about this? And how reputable they are? (Not looking to purchase any hypoallergenic cats, just interested in the topic in general!) And by reputable I mean, does anyone know of any studies proving their cats are significantly more hypoallergenic than regular old felines or cats like siberians and balinese? (They have a little abstract taking about differences, but they had no statistical evidence I could find).
I know it has to do with cats producing less of a protein (Fel D 1 or something?) in their saliva, or in the case of what this company claims, producing the protein at a different molecular weight, but how does that occur? Through some sort of mutation in the genome? And how can breeders test for these sorts of traits besides testing each individual cat on someone who is allergic, especially considering people might be allergic to the other proteins? Would taking a sample of the cats saliva be a reliable way to test for decreased levels of the protein?
I just think it's be neat if breeders had an economical and reliable way to test for decreased levels of Fel D1, and try to breed for decreased levels. I mean, it'd be nice to have a super reliable hypoallergenic cat breed that almost always breeds true (I mean siberians are still pretty hit or miss right? There's just a higher chance of them being hypoallergenic) because I find a lot of people who absolutely despise cats simple do because of severe allergies.
Anyways sorry for a ton of questions, I just find the idea really interesting, especially after our immunology lecture today
That and I really, really
don't want to study physics :/