DNA Day experts answer your questions about Chimeras

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How possible is it to make a Chimera - a blend of different species/animals?

Chimerism happens through the merger of multiple fertilized eggs. You can find further details here 

- Answer provided by Dr. David Charest

What are chimeras?

In terms of DNA sequences, a chimeric sequence displays similarity to more than one species... sometimes this comes about from lab contamination, or genetic recombination between a virus and its host, for example.

- Answer provided by Dr. Robert Hanner


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