After years and years of genetic advancement and research, a group of cutting-edge scientists have finally perfected the technology of shapeshifting. They can blend select DNA strands of a given animal with the DNA of a human egg in order to create a single-animal shapeshifter. While the ability to transfer from human to animal is undeniably magical, the story covers the magic with a veneer of science, and the characters consider it science rather than magic. Most of the technological development up to this point was entirely scientific in nature with no help from magic, and the world has technology that almost achieves this point. (I am playing with the border between fantasy and sci-fi.)
Given their ambitious (and largely magic-less) scientific pursuits, what other technologies would likely be developed on the way to discovering this one?
GenTech in Solna
This world, and the society of Solna in particular, has long had a serious interest in genetic research. In addition to the shapeshifters as described, there are many other gentech advancements, and plenty of room for more. They breed crops to be more efficient and resistant to disease, they utilize stem cells to heal injuries faster and more completely than we can, and re-purpose things found in nature to suit them at will, such as reimagining whale hearts as pumps.
The Natural World
At the same time, this society has a huge focus on harmony. The gross excesses that we see in our society, where we take freely from nature without care for what we destroy in the process, are not seen here. There are excesses, as there always will be, but large-scale destruction is stopped and reversed. They pay careful attention to how their use of resources affect the larger world and do their best to maintain the balance found in nature. Not every society in this world enforces these practices, so you would find strip-mining and similar exploitation in some places, but the dominant culture does.
I'm reluctant to let this world have the Internet. If the computational power of a computer is necessary to sequence the human genome or any other steps integral to the process of making shapeshifters, then we can have computers, but the extreme power of freely accessible information would radically change my world in ways I'm not prepared for.
I'm okay with radio and similar inventions that make communication easier, but I don't want the universal access to instant communication (or worse, instant recording capabilities) granted by cell phones and the like. So, if possible, I'd like this technological path to not include such free and easy communication.
To Sum Up
I am trying to make sure that I haven't missed anything - that I don't have people sequencing the human genome who haven't developed electricity. (Aside: They have electricity everywhere that isn't Gare.) What forms of technology need to be developed, or likely would have been developed, in the process of creating shapeshifters? A good answer wouldn't necessary list every single technological advancement (the wheel! ironworking!) but instead would cover a general overview of what kind of technology modern people have free access to in different areas of their lives, or perhaps what the cutting edge of various fields would look like.
I have a host of misgivings about this question (too broad? no possible right answer?), but I figured I'd give it a go and see what feedback I receive to improve it. At the very least, I hope it's interesting to discuss.