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Gorilla or chimpansee impregnating woman ?

  1. Jan 11, 2005 #1
    Were there any cases of gorilla or chimpansee impregnating woman ? would this offspring survive for long ?
     
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  3. Jan 11, 2005 #2
    Never. Would the offspring survive for long? There would be no offspring.

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  4. Jan 11, 2005 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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  5. Jan 12, 2005 #4

    Monique

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    How are you so sure? The main problem with cross-breeding is when the number of chromosomes are not the same, besides the level of genetic diversion. Gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans have 48 chromosomes, humans 46: the cell will be unstable during division, so offspring is highly unlikely.

    For examples of cross breeding you can look at mule/hinnys and ligers/tigons.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2005 #5
    What is there to stop horses/ donkeys, or lions/ tigers becoming extinct then due to mixing species?
    I read in that article above that the downs syndrome humans have 1 more chromosome. Is it possible to have 2 more chromosomes - a sort of double downs syndrome? And in this case, would it be possible this human to produce offspring with a chimpanzee? Or maybe vice versa?
     
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  7. Jan 16, 2005 #6

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    From what I know, if we disregard multiple copies of the sex chromosome, the doubled chromosome in Down' syndrome (I don't remember which chromosome) is the only non-lethal chromosomal aberration we know of.

    In the case of the sex chromosome, I think XXY and even XXXY has been found; they are, I think, coupled to severe mental handicaps.
     
  8. Jan 16, 2005 #7
    http://www.google.com/search?q=trisomy+21



    http://www.google.com/search?q=trisomy+18+survive
    http://www.google.com/search?q=trisomy+22+survive
    http://www.google.com/search?q=trisomy+12+survive
    http://www.medgen.ubc.ca/wrobinson/mosaic/trisomy6.htm


    Trisomy mosaicisms from chromosome 2 through 23 are discussed at pages linked from here:
    http://lymphedema.omno.org/thesite/trisomy_disorders.htm

    Many are noted to have possible non-lethal outcomes.
     
  9. Jan 16, 2005 #8

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    Thanks, hitsquad!
     
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