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Genetic Linkage

A New Goal for Gene Therapy: Pet Contraception

Each year in the U.S. 1.4 million cats and 1.2 million dogs are euthanized to control their numbers, yet the stray population is many times larger – despite the fact that spaying or neutering is a rite of passage when adopting a kitten or puppy. Surgical contraception works, but is painful, invasive, and includes the risk of anesthesia.

Might gene therapy provide a one-time, far less invasive way to ensure that cats and dogs do not beget kittens and puppies? That’s one of the goals of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs. I’ll be speaking at their annual meeting in July, although I’ll admit that using gene therapy for pet contraception is a new idea for me. Read More 
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