Efforts have long been made to create a hybrid between humans and other animals, which continues today to make transplant organs accessible to all. In 2019, scientists led by Professor Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte of the US Salk Institute for Biological Studies had achieved great success. The team reportedly created a hybrid of a human and a monkey that lived for 19 days.
Was Sarker’s Oliver the ‘Mutant’ Chimpanzee?
The project was led by Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov. The project does not appear to have been successful as Ivanov had died in a Soviet camp in the early 1930s. In the 1970s, an alleged ‘mutant’ chimpanzee with human characteristics fueled the ‘humanzee’ idea once again. Oliver, an ape performing in the circus, was reported to be a human-chimpanzee hybrid. It appeared to be more intelligent than other chimpanzees and had less body hair.
China did the experiment in 1967
However, at the postmortem, Oliver turned out to be a normal chimpanzee. In the 1980s, a report appeared in which an experiment of human-chimpanzee crossbreeding was conducted in China in 1967. The Chinese government is said to have asked to restart the project. Dr Ji Yongjiang, one of the scientists involved, said that his goal was to create an animal that could speak and had the same power as a chimpanzee.
China’s lab still doing research
He said the hybrid ‘Humanzees’ would be used for exploration in places such as mining, heavy agricultural work, outer space and the depths of the ocean. However, so far there has been no evidence of the successful production of genetically engineered apes-humans. A report in The Sun claimed that a Humanji was born during a hybridization project in the US but was killed by lab workers. A Chinese lab is still working on this project where legal issues are less.