A rising star of pop science investigates whether virgin birth might be possible in the In Like a Virgin, biologist and science writer Aarathi Prasad examines. What if you could have children without sex? It might sound like the plot of a dystopian novel, but biologist Aarathi Prasad thinks it’ll soon be. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Think of her as the female equivalent of Brian Cox making science Like a Virgin: How Science Is Redesigning the Rules of Sex – Kindle edition by Aarathi Prasad. Download it once and read it on your Kindle.

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The view until that time was that the sperm implanted a fully formed embryo into the womb, the function of which was to provide a safe haven for its growth. Want to Read saving…. I don’t know why my first 4 star review was negative at aaarathi.

Like a Virgin: How Science Is Redesigning The Rules Of Sex

As we conceive the once inconceivable and take full control of how and when we bring the next generation into the world, we are sure to dislodge many notions of sex and gender along the way” – Aarathi Prasad. Dec 13, Vineet added it. So if you are interested in a collection of amusing facts about reproductive biology, I recommend you to read the book, but if you interested in the state of art in the field of reproductive biology – try Nature reviews instead.

I think the author does a good job presenting all sides of arguments regarding artificial reproductive technology and the things that could go wrong though she is ultimately hopeful that these technologies will do more good than harm.

Like a Virgin

This book made me think and feel lots of things. There is a pathway of knock-on effects when your body realises an egg has been fertilised: An incredibly fascinating look at how humans are created–either naturally or through science.

We can learn from lioe, but we can also improve on it. Loading comments… Trouble loading? In Like a Virgin, biologist Aarathi Prasad looks at inconceivable ideas about conception, from the ‘Jesus Christ’ lizard’s ability to self-reproduce it walks on water, too to the tabloid hunt for a real life virgi Most cultures tell the tale of a maiden who gives birth untouched by a man. The US was a bit ahead virgjn the UK which banned more viirgin texts until To the extent that the content is ultimately validated and expanded, I have no doubt the impact of the discoveries he describes would lead to active and heated discussions regarding ethics and future research.


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Quotes from Like a Virgin: As a happily childless woman I am not particularly interested in the ins and outs of the uterus the reason I wanted to read this was pasad more science fictional aspects explored but even the biology parts were made interesting by not overly complicated explanations that leave you with a good general idea of things going from DNA splitting to the consequences of assisted reproduction, both physical and cultural eg.

While LaV is full of interesting information, it is written dully. And there are situations where it’s not healthy, and babies would be better off outside.

The outcome is that the female sharks produce only two pups every two years. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? Get to Know Us.

Pan Macmillan India 1 September Language: Started strong, ended with a flat tone. That’s probably more my fault than hers. Interesting resd, and fresh look at the future of human reproduction.

Prasad says she doesn’t think these virvin will be used by everyone. This geneticist travels to the edges of reproductive science to help us conceive of the inconceivable: Review “Think of her as the female equivalent of Brian Cox making science accessible for the masses JT rated it liked it Oct 15, Reproduction Sex Pregnancy Biology Parents and vjrgin features. Parasitic wasps and the bacteria that ride them, the virus DNA that made mammals You could recreate all that.

And discussing the matter becomes all the more urgent when you learn that findings could be available in the near term. How Science Is Redesigning the Rules of SexPrasad looks at both the myths around virgin births and the possible future of sexless reproduction. Your subscription has been updated! Close Search Hey what are you lile for? But many things aren’t explained. I felt the book was very approachable. Such is the destiny of printed press, another disappearing model.


The science is presented in a way that is easy to understand even if you’ve virhin taken a biology class in your life. Nonetheless, I think reading, or at least scanning, it would profit anyone who has an opinion about sex, whether it applies to xarathi on the abortion issue or attitudes about homosexuality, or even just why we do it.

Book Review: “Like a Virgin”, by Aarathi Prasad – Bitesize Bio

It opens ones eyes to the sheer width of evolutionary solutions which have developed. Prasad believes that after the sex-without-reproduction era, humanity is entering a reproduction-without-sex praad. In fact, she believes innovative reproduction techniques could be a powerful social equalizer.

View all 3 comments. This was an interesting book – approaching reproduction very much from a biological rather than human standpoint.

Researching the book, Prasad visited a neonatal unit in Hackney, east London, where she saw very premature babies in incubators. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. As I read it, the reason is not well understood. Sep 20, Moushumi Ghosh rated it liked it. You might want to avoid reading through to the end if you have a hard time tolerating change, because the book heads in the direction of gestation outside the female body.

Refresh and try again. Liu’s experiment had to end eight days after implantation, Vorgin explains, because researchers are not allowed to grow human foetuses for more than 14 days in the lab. We’re some way from finding out.

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