In the spirit of Halloween, I took my latest article in a little different direction. I wondered if there was a connection between biotechnology and vampires, werewolves, and monsters? Actually, it seems there are quite a few.
Horror isn't so much about the things out there it's more about us. Frightening fiction holds up some sort of distorted mirror for us to view our own anxiety and fears. To do that, it has to have some basis in our living experience. The classic horror themes grow out of our experience of the natural world, which is where they connect with science.
Dracula, werewolves , and Frankenstein's monster deal with the nature of life, death, and disease, which are really the focus of life science research. Of course, these stories aren't intended to provide scientific answers. It's simply that, since the stories grew out people's experience of these phenomena, they are more connected to real world science than you might think.
Take a look at where the world of horror, biotechnology, and life science intersects in Reanimation, Blood Therapy, and Werewolves: Classic Horror's Connection to Life Science