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What makes a chimera?

A chimera is essentially a single organism that's made up of cells from two or more "individuals"—that is, it contains two sets of DNA, with the code to make two separate organisms. One way that chimeras can happen naturally in humans is that a fetus can absorb its twin.

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Furthermore, how is a chimera formed?

If the different cells have emerged from the same zygote, the organism is called a mosaic. Chimeras are formed from at least four parent cells (two fertilised eggs or early embryos fused together). In nonidentical twins, chimerism occurs by means of blood-vessel anastomoses.

Secondly, what animals make a chimera? It is usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat protruding from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake's head. It was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra.

Considering this, how do you know if you're a chimera?

Sometimes a DNA test can easily show that you are a chimera. A quick cheek swab, a strange result with three or four versions of a specific marker and BAM, you're a chimera. Sometimes you need to test your blood and your skin cells to find out. You get two different results from each and BAM, you're a chimera.

How common is chimerism?

There are only 100 confirmed cases of chimerism so far, though with genetic testing becoming more common, we may see more. Apparently, chimeric mixed-blood groups aren't especially rare in multiple births — one study suggested that it may be as common as 1 in 10 twin pairs and nearly a fifth of triplets.

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