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Prometheus, painted by Gustave Moreau
Public DomainPrometheus, painted by Gustave Moreau

The idea of experimentation with humans and their body parts goes back many years; one of the best known examples is Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein, in which Victor Frankenstein creates a monster, constructed from dead body parts. 

The novel is subtitled ‘The Modern Prometheus’.  In Greek mythology, Prometheus is punished by Zeus for giving man fire; his punishment is to have his liver ripped out and then re-grown so that this torture can be re-enacted day after day.  This form of eternal organ donation bears comparison with the possible fate of the clones in Never Let Me Go.

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