While Chimera virus is usually overlooked since it can cause no significant impact on the animal appearance, this time it made all the difference. This gorgeous cat named Venus got her popularity on the internet due to her mysterious-looking “two-faced” appearance. While she can look like a villain from a comic book, she’s really an adorable and tame house cat that gets along with every piece of furniture, according to her owner.
What do you like better: green-eyed or brown-eyed kitties? If you love cats, you’ll love this sweet kitty Venus for sure, because her two different faces – black and brown, and different eyes – blue and green, are interesting even for cat haters! Just look how cuddly she is, how she poses for photos like a professional model, how beautiful, smart and bright her eyes are…And why is she so interesting?
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Well, for a designer, she is interesting because of her sophisticated color and matching nuances of her fur and eyes with furniture and blankets; for a mathematician it is because of the axial symmetry for sure, especially on her „half-and-half“ nose; for a painter and a photographer because of her interesting and unusual ability to pose…But for many others, especially geneticists, she is interesting for having Chimera virus. What is Chimera at all?
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Let’s go back to the ancient times, times of ancient Greece, myths and legends. In that time, Chimera was used to describe mythical creatures that were a mixture of several different animals in one being, like the griffin – body of a lion, and head of an eagle. What a monster! Or…
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According to Homer’s story, the front part of Chimera’s body looked like lion’s, the middle part was like a body of a goat, and the back looked like a dragon. So, 3 in 1! And to be even scarier, it blew out fire from its mouth. Ideal for modern marketing industry – strong as a lion, healthy as goat’s milk, dangerous like a dragon, with flame like a Zippo. Buy today at the best price, just 999$! But let’s move on…
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According to Hesiod, Chimera had just three heads – of a lion, goat and dragon (or a snake). But all the same, it was really dangerous. It lived in a scary cave, resembling a volcanic crater, and it ate and burnt numerous people and animals with fire. Really heavy story, right? There are many more myths about Chimera – Nemean lion, Chimera’s offspring; Sphinx, Orthrus’ and Chimera’s daughter; Cerberus, Chimera’s brother with whom she was guarding the entrance into Hades underworld; monsters which were, according to Virgil, in the first Orc’s maw, together with Chimera.
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According to every myth, Chimera was a scary, bloodthirsty creature, which many tried to kill, but only Bellerophon succeeded, with the help of Pegasus. However, does this lovely kitty looks like a scary mythical being to you?
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Of course not! This sweet kitten just has Chimera virus. And what is that?
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Chimera virus is a genetics term, but it doesn’t mean that the fire comes out of her mouth, but it means that several fertilized egg cells can be united and create a living organism from it, which we call Chimera. Can you spot the similarity with mythology?
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Chimera, as a genetic term, can be found in any species of living beings. In botany, that are GMO plants, resistant to certain conditions; it’s been experimented with animals to get new, high-quality breeds; but it appears even in human race. Instead of twins being born, two or more fertilized egg cells become one, and as a consequence we get one being with more DNA and blood types, mixed sexes and even skin tones and eye colors. As it is the case with kitty Venus!
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When it happens in a natural way, we say that ‘nature has played played’ with someone. I hope nobody made Chimera human yet… Or maybe those practical women are Chimera people? Imagine a woman with hands like an octopus who manages to do everything on time, that is allegedly well organized and talks like a parrot at the same time. Oh, and woman that has legs like an octopus, so she can advertise shoes for the entire season. Chimera for sure!
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Therefore, to clarify – joining zygotes (just fertilized egg cell from which the new organism will be created) gives the opportunity of having more than one mother, so the phrase ‘there’s only one Mother’ is valid no more. In the uterus of a surrogate mother, who really brings baby to the world, we can find several fertilized egg cells from another mothers too – green-eyed brunette and blue-eyed blonde, for example. But…
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We can find cases of strong, even too strong twin who absorbed some younger brother’s cells, taking his blonde, curly hair and big, blue, innocent eyes, and keeping her tanned skin and nice body.
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Venus is a really happy kitty. Models put so much effort in getting at least a second of media attention. They spend hours in front of the mirror, doing their hair and makeup, and they’re keeping their good-looking bodies by always being on diet. But Venus…
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She is charming at the first sight! By one multicolored look. With crossed colorful paws and pricked colorful ears!
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And all of that just because of…
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Chimera virus! And…
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Nature that was really playful this time!
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