If you’re a cat lover with allergies, this may be your opportunity to put the Benadryl away. Smithsonian shares how researchers are closer to creating hypoallergenic cats using CRISPR technology.
Thanks to CRISPR gene-editing technology, truly hypoallergenic cats could soon steal people’s hearts and safely curl up on their laps without triggering sneezes, itchy eyes or other allergy symptoms.
InBio, a United States biotech company, has found a way to block genes responsible for a major cat allergen using CRISPR, a genetic engineering technique that allows scientists to add or remove bits of DNA at a specific location in an organism’s genome. Gizmodo’s Ed Cara reports the find is the first step toward hypoallergenic cats as healthy as felines with unedited genes. Details on the project called CRISPR Cat were published this month in The CRISPR Journal.
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