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A character in the novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818) by Mary Shelley. Baron Frankenstein is a scientist who creates and brings to life a manlike monster which eventually turns on him and destroys him; Frankenstein is not the name of the monster itself, as is often assumed, and sometimes suggested in allusive use.

In the 1990s, the name has been used by opponents of the development of genetically-modified crops in the expressions Frankenstein food or Frankenfood.

Subjects: Medicine and Health.

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