CATGee Home DNA Sampling Kit

Collect and store your DNA. Sheer gene – ius!
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Gone are the days when DNA profiling was only ever mentioned in geeky sci-fi shows and straight-to-video detective movies. Post-millennial boffins now use genetic fingerprinting on an everyday basis, and its myriad uses are multiplying faster than you can say "Look at my deoxyribonucleic acid" – which, incidentally, is what DNA stands for.

So just imagine the thrill of being able to collect and store your own DNA without leaving the comfort of your armchair. Well now you can, with the astonishing CATGee Home DNA Kit. This sleek brushed alloy pack is the first in the world of its kind and contains everything you need to take a sample of your – or someone else's - DNA and store it indefinitely in complete safety. Swabs, sterile pouches and sexy gloves are all included, so rest assured, your nutty professor/Boys from Brazil moment will be incredibly realistic.

The process itself is easier than putting on a hat. Using one of the sterile swabs you take a sample of cells (spittle to you and me) from the inside of your cheek and place it on a piece of special paper. The paper then changes colour to indicate that your DNA has been successfully recorded. You then pop the paper into a special storage pouch and label it for safekeeping or presentation.

But this is just the beginning; the real fun starts when you join Club CATGee. No, itÂ’s not a dodgy clone colony in the Med; itÂ’s your chance to have your DNA professionally profiled. Simply return your sample (together with a membership fee) to the eggheads at CATGee and their men in white will extract your data under full lab conditions.

You can then order personalised (and we really mean personalised) goodies bearing your own inimitable illustrated CATGee code - everything from funky T-shirts, sweatshirts and other clothing to pillowcases to stickers, stationery and e-cards.

We really canÂ’t over-emphasise the groundbreaking nature of this product, but take it from us, in these troubled times, wearing a T-shirt bearing an accurate graphical representation of your DNA, safe in the knowledge thereÂ’s a small "piece" of you tucked away in a secret location is strangely reassuring.
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    Description
    Gone are the days when DNA profiling was only ever mentioned in geeky sci-fi shows and straight-to-video detective movies. Post-millennial boffins now use genetic fingerprinting on an everyday basis, and its myriad uses are multiplying faster than you can say "Look at my deoxyribonucleic acid" – which, incidentally, is what DNA stands for.

    So just imagine the thrill of being able to collect and store your own DNA without leaving the comfort of your armchair. Well now you can, with the astonishing CATGee Home DNA Kit. This sleek brushed alloy pack is the first in the world of its kind and contains everything you need to take a sample of your – or someone else's - DNA and store it indefinitely in complete safety. Swabs, sterile pouches and sexy gloves are all included, so rest assured, your nutty professor/Boys from Brazil moment will be incredibly realistic.

    The process itself is easier than putting on a hat. Using one of the sterile swabs you take a sample of cells (spittle to you and me) from the inside of your cheek and place it on a piece of special paper. The paper then changes colour to indicate that your DNA has been successfully recorded. You then pop the paper into a special storage pouch and label it for safekeeping or presentation.

    But this is just the beginning; the real fun starts when you join Club CATGee. No, itÂ’s not a dodgy clone colony in the Med; itÂ’s your chance to have your DNA professionally profiled. Simply return your sample (together with a membership fee) to the eggheads at CATGee and their men in white will extract your data under full lab conditions.

    You can then order personalised (and we really mean personalised) goodies bearing your own inimitable illustrated CATGee code - everything from funky T-shirts, sweatshirts and other clothing to pillowcases to stickers, stationery and e-cards.

    We really canÂ’t over-emphasise the groundbreaking nature of this product, but take it from us, in these troubled times, wearing a T-shirt bearing an accurate graphical representation of your DNA, safe in the knowledge thereÂ’s a small "piece" of you tucked away in a secret location is strangely reassuring.

     

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    Each tin contains full instructions and 2 DNA sampling kits (swabs, sterile pouches and a pair of sexy disposable gloves): One to sample your DNA and retain for your own record and one to send off for DNA profiling.

    There are also details on how to join Club CATGee and obtain other CATGee products linked to your unique genetic code. Membership of Club CATGee costs an additional £40 - but for your money you'll also get a print of the pattern your DNA created, plus a certificate confirming the authenticity of your CATGee code.

    Technical Support: Please call 0870 020 1452.

    Did you know...?
    DNA - or deoxyribonucleic acid - is the blueprint of life…of every human being, every creature and every plant. It is made up of four chemicals - Cytosine, Adenine, Thymine and Guanine. These are usually abbreviated to their initials C, A, T and G, from which you will quickly deduce that the name “CATGee”, used as a DNA ‘catcher’, has a delightfully resonant logic to it.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Is storing my DNA dangerous?
    Absolutely not. CATGee is just a fun kit and is totally safe in every way. Although your stored DNA can be used to create your genetic profile if you choose to join Club CATGee, it cannot be used to create a clone of you. So no “Boys from Brazil” syndrome. Whew.

    Could someone clone me if they got hold of my stored DNA?
    No. The special paper medium does store your DNA safely and kill or neutralise anything else that might damage it, but it is impossible to use DNA collected in this way to create a clone.

    Do I have to store my DNA under special conditions?
    No. The wonder of this product is that once your DNA is on the special paper, you can keep it at home with no extra precautions beyond common sense.

    How long will my stored DNA last?
    CATGeeÂ’s revolutionary technology was invented 11 years ago and is widely used by law enforcement agencies and laboratories across the world. No one knows just how long a sample of DNA stored in this way will last, but it is certainly stable for at least 11 years.

    Can I get genetic tests performed by the CATGee people?
    No. CATGee do not run laboratories or offer genetic tests or other services.

    Could the DNA I store on my CATGee Card be used by some unscrupulous person to implicate me in a crime?
    Your DNA is present in nearly every cell of your body. For instance, you leave skin cells containing DNA, behind every time you touch a surface such as a glass. If someone wanted to ‘frame’ you for a crime, they would be better off pulling out a couple of your hairs (with the roots still attached) and leaving these lying around, since a fragment of CATGee paper would only raise suspicion. DNA in human tissue decays very quickly, so the only way to store your DNA long-term, with confidence, is to use CATGee.

    When I join Club CATGee where will my CATGee Code (genetic profile) be created?
    Your CATGee Code is created by scientists at the Genetic Profile Laboratory of the University of Glasgow in the UK. Opened in 2001 the laboratory uses state of the art technology to provide both research and commercial DNA testing services. Your DNA swab is identified by only a bar code, so it is impossible for them to know who you are. Genetic profiles are created by characterising areas of so-called ‘junk DNA’. This means that although the code generated is unique to you, it could never be used to reveal information such as your physical characteristics or your susceptibility to a particular disease. Your genetic profile will NOT be released to authorised bodies (such as the police) or insurance companies for inclusion in databases.

     

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