In The X-Files Season 1 finale "The Erlenmeyer Flask", Mulder and Scully learn the following:

DEEP THROAT: Doctor Berube was killed because his work was too successful. You're standing in the room where the first DNA transplant took, the first human-alien hybrid was created.

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However, in the Season 6 episode "Two Fathers", we have the following:

MULDER: I believe Cassandra Spender represents the final stages of these experiments — that she may very well be the first successful alien-human hybrid.

And in the sequel episode "One Son":

MULDER: She's the first, isn't she? She's the first successful alien-human hybrid.

Why would Mulder ignore the existence of the previous group of

successful hybrids and believe that Cassandra was the first?

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    Perhaps it’s the difference between first and first successful. Maybe the first one died screaming within a week? – Paul D. Waite Oct 2 '15 at 15:24
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    @PaulD.Waite : The first ones were humans dying of incurable diseases until they became hybrids. After hybridization, their illnesses went away and they developed "inhuman strength and the ability to breathe underwater", according to Deep Throat... – Praxis Oct 2 '15 at 15:41
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    @PaulD.Waite : One of the patients, Dr. William Secare, seemed to have been living a good life out in the real world as a hybrid until he was discovered (he should have been in storage like the others, but Dr. Berube was his friend and hybridized him as a favour so he would survive his cancer). After Secare was found by police, he was shot and had to spend three days underwater. Even then, it seemed that he would recover and survive (he was noticeably better when Mulder found him in the attic). He only died because he was executed via a shot to the neck by a man in black. – Praxis Oct 2 '15 at 16:31
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    In many ways, Secare seems to have been a more successful hybrid than Cassandra. – Praxis Oct 2 '15 at 16:33
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    The Alien-human hybrid section of the "Colonist" wiki article seems to try to reconcile it by distinguishing people who are either clones with some alien DNA or "partial hybrids", a group which includes William Secare and Samantha Mulder, vs. Cassandra who is said to represent the "pinnacle" of a new type of hybridization project being done on her abductions. Still, the distinction doesn't seem that clear, hopefully someone can find some lines from an episode or an interview with one of the writers that clarifies this. – Hypnosifl Oct 21 '15 at 21:31

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