Can I take a human sperm and animal ovum to produce a new creature?  

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

No.

People do not have any close enough species to successfully reproduce with. Even the closest species to humans (orangutans, chimps, and gorillas) are far too separate to breed with. 

Some other animals are capable of hybridization , or can breed with each other to produce offspring. Hybrids like mules,...

Unlock
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial

No.

People do not have any close enough species to successfully reproduce with. Even the closest species to humans (orangutans, chimps, and gorillas) are far too separate to breed with. 

Some other animals are capable of hybridization, or can breed with each other to produce offspring. Hybrids like mules, wholphin, hybrid iguana, and killer bees can exist in nature, and can even be capable of reproduction on their own. Most hybrids are sterile and cannot reproduce.

Hybridization is frequent in plants, and is capable of producing fertile offspring. Limequats, loganberries, wheat, and grapefruit are all hybrids of various plant species.

The biggest factor in hybridization is genetic compatibility. if two species are too far removed, they will be unable to hybridize. For example, if one species has more chromosomes than the other, hybridization is impossible. There are no human/animal hybrids.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team