- Hybridization is the cross-breeding of plants or animals, between different species to produce offspring, known as hybrids,
that differ in genetically determined traits; it is commonly the result
of human intervention. Changes in climate or in the environment of an
organism may give rise to natural hybridization, but usually humans
use specialized techniques to produce hybrids that may be hardier or
more resistant to disease than the original forms, or more economical.
- Hybridization may also refer to the base pairing of two single strands of DNA or RNA.
Source: National Human
Genome Research Institute