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What if vampires were a separate species? This chapter looks at the genetics of vampirism and explores how Homo vampiris might have evolved alongside Homo sapiens. Would a small vampire population be sustainable in the modern world and remain unnoticed? There is also the possibility that the transformation of humans into vampires is a result of a viral infection that inserts viral vampire DNA into human chromosomes. The classic vampire traits, such as longer, sharper teeth and nocturnal behaviour could all be the result of subtle changes to the genome and how the genes are expressed. There is also the possibility of epigenetic effects from a dramatic change in diet. If biology has not yet produced vampires as a result of natural selection, could they be created by genetic engineering? There are plenty of animals that display vampiric traits whose genetic code could be used to modify humans.

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