Creating a modern monster

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Science  12 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6372, pp. 151
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6372.151

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When Mary Shelley published her story of Victor Frankenstein and his misshapen monster in 1818, she provided little detail about how exactly the doctor built his creation, except that "the dissecting room and the slaughter-house furnished many of [his] materials" and that he infused "a spark of being in the lifeless thing." But what if Shelley had written her book today? Here is an overview of current and future technologies—from lab-grown organs and bionics to gene editing—that she might call on to produce her iconic creature.