The long shadow of Frankenstein

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Science  12 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6372, pp. 146-147
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6372.146

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In January 1818, Mary Shelley published her book Frankenstein, a terrifying story of a doctor who builds a creature from scavenged body parts, then recoils in horror, spurns it, and sees his friends and family destroyed by the monster. Two hundred years later, Frankenstein is still essential reading for anyone working in science. In this special issue, Science examines the lasting legacy of Shelley's book on science and popular culture as well as the potential risks from modern-day, real-life Frankensteins.