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What comes to mind when you hear the word “Chimera?” A strange mythological monster? Or recent biological research?
The first definition of a Chimera is “a fire-breathing she-monster in Greek mythology having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail” and “an imaginary monster compounded of incongruous parts.”
There is another definition that refers to present-day science, but let’s start with the mythology and come back to the science in a minute.
The Chimera is considered to be a female creature. Her father was the giant called Typhon and her mother was the half-serpent named Echidna. She had three monstrous brothers as well: Cerberus (Hell hound), Hydra (nine-headed water snake) and Orthrus (another multi-headed dog).
It is also said that she was in love with Orthrus and that together they produced the Sphinx.
What a messed-up family! How did all that happen?
Now this is mythology, but all stories had to start with some element of truth.