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Like a Virgin: The Science of a Sexless Future

By: Aarathi Prasad

Oneworld Publications

Paperback | Aug 2012 | #198321 | ISBN-13: 9781851689118
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This adventurous romp into the frontiers of reproductive science will forever change the way you think about sex. Biologist and science writer Aarathi Prasad tackles inconceivable ideas about conception, from the Jesus Christ lizard's ability to self-reproduce (it walks on water, too) to the hunt for a real-life virgin mother in the 1950s. Prasad then transports us to the labs that today are inventing the equivalent of non-sexual selection, from egg-fertilizing computer chips to artificial wombs for men.

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Aarathi Prasad is a biologist and science writer. She has appeared on TV and radio programmes, including as presenter of Channel 4's controversial "Is It Better to Be Mixed Race?" and "Brave New World with Stephen Hawking", as well as BBC Radio 4's "The Quest for Virgin Birth", and written for "Wired", the "Guardian", and many other publications. Previously a cancer genetics researcher at Imperial College London, she subsequently moved into the worlds of science communication and policy, in areas including passage of the human-animal chimaera stem-cell bill in the UK Parliament. A single mother, Dr Prasad lives in London.

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