We have a new ‘two-faced’ chimera cat on the internet and she is stunning. The eyes are amazing.
Columbia University Professor of Genetics and Development Virginia Papaioannou explains:
“A chimera…is a composite individual that was made up of cells from at least two different original embryos. If they fuse together early enough, they will become a single organism whose genetic input is from two completely different individuals. In a mosaic, there’s only one individual and it just happens to have different genetic components active in its cells. A chimera would be a much more unusual and unlikely event.”
I tried to explain it my way with a former well-known chimera cat, Venus, on this page:
Here are two more pictures from Instagram:
Source of images: Instagram