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Name: Betty
Status: Educator
Grade:  6-8
Location: VA
Country: United States
Date: September 2006


Question:
Someone announced that he had heard of a successful cross between a dog and a cat, and I cannot seem to find any information about this on the internet. It is my understanding that this would not be possible except by genetic engineering due to the differences in chromosomes. Can you enlighten me?



Replies:
Impossible.

J. Elliott


Many years ago it was announced in some papers that a successful cross between a cat and dog had been accomplished. This was a hoax. The two species are not close enough evolutionarily to make this cross successful. As we are finding in molecular biology, it seems that everything is possible with living organisms, so maybe sometime in the distant future, it may be possible.

Steve Sample



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