How cat allergies could soon be prevented by injecting pets

How cat allergies could soon be prevented by injecting pets with a drug following research into gene editing tool An American company used a gene editing tool to eliminate the production of the protein in cats which causes some people to suffer allergic reactions The protein, called Fel d 1, is found in cats' salivary glands and skin and is spread when they groom themselves and shed their fur It is still unclear how expensive the treatment may initially be for pet owners

By Lizzie Deane For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:12 BST, 2 May 2020 | Updated: 01:13 BST, 2 May 2020

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Scientists think they may have discovered a way to prevent cat allergies with just a simple injection for our feline friends.

American company Indoor Biotechnologies have used a gene editing tool to eliminate the production of the protein in cats which causes some people to suffer allergic reactions.

The protein, called Fel d 1, is found in cats' salivary glands and skin and is spread when they groom themselves and shed their fur.

Indoor Biotechnologies says it has successfully deleted the gene that prompts the production of Fel d 1 in cells it has tested from 50 different cats.

A stock image of some kittens. Scientists think they may have discovered a way to prevent cat allergies with just a simple injection for our feline friends

A stock image of some kittens. Scientists think they may have discovered a way to prevent cat allergies with just a simple injection for our feline friends

If further trials are successful, the aim is to find a way to develop the treatment into a drug that can be given to cats via an injection, pill or cream.

The firm, which specialises in drugs for allergies, says it could be available to vets within the two to three years.

Martin Chapman, chief executive of Indoor Biotechnologies, said although it sounded

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