A splice is a gengineered organism with visible traits of two or more natural species. This need not be a matter of genome sequences, though copying over genes from the original models is the simplest method. For instance, most xenosplices involve tweaking Terragen DNA so that gives the desired morphology or conversely, tweaking the genome of the xenobiological organism so that the result shows the traits of one or more Terragen organism.

Common usage in some places sometimes reserves the term "splice" for sophont splices, usually of humans with some other animal, but any organism in which aspects of the original models can be seen may be called a splice, as in "a mango-oak splice" or "a horse-iguana splice", "a firefly rose splice" or "a nettle-fern splice".
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Text by Stephen Inniss
Initially published on 13 August 2016.