Like a Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex (Paperback)
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Like a Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages
Published: 16/08/2012
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Most cultures tell the tale of a maiden who gives birth untouched by a man, and in the wild there are plenty of creatures – turkeys, Komodo ‘dragons’, and the ‘Jesus Christ’ lizard (which even walks on water) – that take various approaches to making babies without having sex. Soon, humans will have that option, too.

 

In Like a Virgin, biologist and science writer Aarathi Prasad examines inconceivable ideas about conception, from a Renaissance recipe for creating a child (bury semen in manure for forty days) to the search for a real-life virgin mother in the 1950s. She then takes us to maverick, cutting-edge labs that are today inventing sex-less reproduction, from manufactured eggs to artificial wombs and beyond. Like a Virgin delivers an astonishing exploration of the mysteries of sex and evolution – past, present, and future.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781851689118
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Think of her as the female equivalent of Brian Cox making science accessible for the masses... Entertaining and provocative, this promises to change the way you think about sex." - Stylist

"A fascinating examination of a future that may not be too distant, as well as an account of historical misconceptions about conception." - Kirkus Reviews

"[Prasad's] elegantly written romp through the science and history of conception is conceivably as much fun as you’ll ever have thinking about sex without working up a sweat." - Publishers Weekly

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