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Genetically modified cats: Hypoallergenic, glow in the dark

What, genetically modified cats? A San Diego-based company, Allerca Lifestyle Pets, actually claimed they could offer hypoallergenic kitties for folks with allergies. The cats, said to have gone through selective breeding to leave out with the glycoprotein that makes cat-allergic people sick, sneeze non-stop or break out into hives were reportedly sold for $8,000.

This appears to be a scam, and while we thought GM cats were a thing of the past, a researcher, Eric Poeschla, basically produced three glowing cats two years ago by getting a green fluorescent protein gene into eggs from which the animals eventually grew. Seriously, what did the cats ever do to us for us to treat them like this?

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