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Felis Enigmaticus

Felis Enigmaticus A company's shady past and questionable science raise doubts on their promises of a $4,000 hypoallergenic cat.By Kerry Grens ARTICLE EXTRAS 1 Fel d 1, which is unique to cats, is responsible for most people's allergic reactions to cats. 2 Still, little is known about the protein and Allerca's findings could lend insight into the unknown function

By | January 1, 2007


Felis Enigmaticus

A company's shady past and questionable science raise doubts on their promises of a $4,000 hypoallergenic cat.
By Kerry Grens


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January 11, 2007

This was a very timely article for me to read. As a practicing allergist, with web savvy patients, I have already been approached by patients asking about this company and their allergy free cat. I have generally told my patients that there is no data, that I am aware of in the published literature, to support the claims made by this company. The insights the author had regarding this company are very interesting and make me feel very comfortable telling my patients not to beleive everything they read.
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Brian Foley, PhD

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January 19, 2007

Over the past 6 years I have reported on 3 cases of published research that was very clearly bogus, and 7 more that are probably but not certainly bogus. In one of the most extreme cases, I reported it to several groups who should have been able to do something; the publisher of the journal the bogus research was published in (their reviewers should have been able to tell the research was not possible), the university where the research was done, and the databases where the bogus data was deposited (detailing the numerous lines of evidence which all prove that the data is bogus). No action was taken by anyone, in any of the cases.

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