What kind of institution would society build if it found the key to a vastly extended and healthier life was regular organ transplants and blood transfusions? What would life inside one of those institutions be like? Legally and morally, would the beings created for that purpose be human or animals or something entirely new?

The idea came from growing up on a farm and hearing the old saying "never name something you’re going to eat". This struck me as weird, because how else could you thank them? Which made me think about whether an animal would understand what thanks meant, and the only one who would...

I may not have been an entirely normal kid, but who was?