Neonatal hepatic functions are selectively extinguished in hybrids between mouse hepatoma cells, that express only fetal hepatic functions, and rat hepatoma cells expressing neonatal as well as fetal functions. A search for hybrid cells reexpressing these neonatal functions was undertaken to determine; (1) whether the selective extinction of neonatal functions is reversible and at what frequency, and (2) whether the re-expression of neonatal functions would be accompanied by modifications in the expression of fetal functions. The criterion used to obtain hybrids showing re-expression was glucose-free medium (G) where growth requires the presence of the extinguished gluconeogenic enzymes. Even though the parental cells are of the same histotype it proved difficult to obtain re-expression. Survivors in G- were obtained only from hybrids containing a greater than 1s complement of rat chromosomes; they reexpress not only gluconeogenic enzymes but also basal tyrosine aminotransferase activity, and the fetal hepatic function alpha-fetoprotein continues to be expressed in most of the clones. All survivors in G- display a significant loss of chromosomes and this loss concerns essentially mouse chromosomes.