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10 Ways Science Is Using Human-Animal Hybrids
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10 Ways Science Is Using Human-Animal Hybrids

Chimeras and hybrids are not the same thing — and surprisingly, neither one is mythical.

Chimeras have cells with DNA from multiple species or individuals. These cells work together to create tissues or organs. Hybrids, on the other hand, are the offspring of two distinct species. Take a closer look.

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What’s a Liger?

What’s a Liger?

A liger — as you might have guessed — is a combination of a lion and a tiger. Even among big cats, it's a REALLY BIG cat. More...

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National Geographic
11 Amazing Hybrid Animals

11 Amazing Hybrid Animals

Ligers, tigons, and grolar bears, oh my! One look at these otherworldly hybrids and the possibilities seem endless. More...

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Mother Nature Network
Meet the Coywolf

Meet the Coywolf

Check out this animated video on the history of the coywolf — a coyote–wolf hybrid. Discover how early North American settlers played a role in its existence. More...

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NATURE/PBS
“Pizzly” to Be Joined by More Arctic Hybrids?

“Pizzly” to Be Joined by More Arctic Hybrids?

Grolar bear? Pizzly? What do you call a polar-grizzly bear hybrid? And how did the parents of this unlikely bear meet? Get the details about this hybrid, which could signal the Arctic's vulnerability to climate change. More...

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National Geographic
Coyote-Wolf Hybrids Have Spread Across U.S. East

Coyote-Wolf Hybrids Have Spread Across U.S. East

Scientists have found part-coyote, part-wolf animals living in Virginia. Where's the evidence, you ask? In their poop. More...

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National Geographic
‘Chimera’ Monkeys Created in Lab

‘Chimera’ Monkeys Created in Lab

These monkey chimeras contain cells that originated from several different embryos with distinct genomes. Two individuals in one body. Talk about weird science. More...

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The Guardian
Can You Name the Hybrid Animals?

Can You Name the Hybrid Animals?

Zonkeys, mules, beefalos, and more. Can you figure out the hybrid animals in this word game? More...

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Sporcle
Chimera Cats and Your Mom

Chimera Cats and Your Mom

How can you be your own fraternal twin? Or not be your mother's child? If you're a chimera, both of these things can be true. See what happens when two zygotes fuse into one. More...

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SciShow
Chimeras: Animal-Human Hybrids

Chimeras: Animal-Human Hybrids

Chimeras have a long history in mythology. Yet, in the era of biotechnology, science is creating previously unimagined organisms.
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PBS NewsHour
DNA Double Take

DNA Double Take

Chimerism — the blending of two genomes — may be a lot more common than was once believed. Explore how this genetic oddity can occur and the consequences of chimerism. More...

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New York Times
Hybrid Animals

Hybrid Animals

What parents could give rise to the tigon or a zedonk? This fantastic assortment of hybrid animals may leave you guessing. More...

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Christian Science Monitor
Making a Hybrid

Making a Hybrid

It's your turn to meddle with nature. See if you can make your own hybrid fish with this experiment. More...

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education.com

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