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Genetically modified vampires might be a long way off, but there are plenty of people who would love to be more like their undead idols. What makes these blood-sucking revenants so appealing? Is sleeping in a coffin simply more comfortable? Could there be a chemical in blood that makes it addictive? Most people pick and choose among the many vampiric traits that they find appealing. Some people, however, do not choose the lifestyle. Some are afflicted with syndromes that make them feel as though they are members of the undead. This chapter looks at how vampires have been portrayed over the centuries and the characteristics that some humans have adopted or expressed willingly or otherwise, from dress sense to a taste for blood.

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