Attempts to create a hybrid between humans and other animals to create a perfect “factory” for transplant organs have been reported for a century and are allegedly still ongoing today.

In 2019 a team of scientists led by Professor Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte from the US Salk Institute for Biological Studies reportedly created a human-monkey hybrid which survived for 19 days.

But as far back as the 1920s Soviet scientists in Russia were ordered by dictator Stalin to create a hybrid ape-man “super soldier” capable of working under extreme conditions too dangerous for ordinary humans.

Secret documents from the time, declassified in the 1990s, show that Kremlin chiefs wanted an unbeatable army of man-apes with "immense strength but with an underdeveloped brain” that were "resilient and resistant to hunger".

The project was led by Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov – a biologist whose life’s work centred around the cross-breeding of humans and apes using artificial insemination.

The project does not appear to have been successful and Ivanov died in a Soviet work camp in the early 1930s.

In the 1970s, the emergence of an alleged “mutant” chimp with eerily human characteristics reawakened the “humanzee” idea.

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Oliver, a performing ape that was reported to have been a human–chimpanzee hybrid, appeared to be much more intelligent that other chimps and had rather less body hair.

However, post-mortem testing showed that Oliver had the same genetic makeup as any normal chimpanzee.

In the 1980s, reports emerged of an experiment in human–chimpanzee crossbreeding conducted in the People's Republic of China in 1967.

The Chinese government was said to be restarting the project and one of the scientists involved Dr Ji Yongxiang, told the Wen Hui Boa newspaper that he aimed to produce an animal that could speak, while retaining the incredible strength of a chimpanzee.

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He said that the hybrid “humanzees” would be used for mining, heavy agricultural work, and exploration of dangerous environments such as outer space and the depths of the ocean.

As yet, there are no authenticated cases of genetically-engineered ape-men being successfully produced, although a report in The Sun claims that a humanzee was born during a hybridisation project in the US, but was deliberately killed by lab workers.

Prgfessor Belmonte’s team are reportedly still working towards the ape-man goal, working in a lab in China where there are fewer legal issues.

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