Like a Virgin by Aarathi Prasad
How Science Is Redesigning the Rules of Sex

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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.

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Published August 23, 2012 by Oneworld Publications. 288 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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While these new advances are still not fully viable and, as the author notes, may raise ethical questions and promote moral dilemmas, there can be immediate benefits from this research—e.g., providing a more nurturing environment for premature babies than the incubators currently in use and allow...

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Though this mighty mouse’s birth could very well herald a world without men, solo parenting, Prasad coolly preaches, “would be the great biological and social equalizer, a truly new way of thinking about sex.” Her elegantly written romp through the science and history of conception is conce...

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Los Angeles Review of Books

by the century’s end, John Banville, writing in The New Yorker, could, with a mix of awe and summary dispatch, call the Virgin Mary “the greatest joke” — “the wonderful fable made up, elaborated, repeated all over the world.” Her trajectory — from culture-sustaining myth to “joke” — has, arguably...

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