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

Born in London to a Trinidadian father and an Indian mother, Prasad, like most scientists, showed an insatiable curiosity from a young aafathi, but her interests went beyond science to include languages, history and even politics. Published September 1st by Oneworld Publications first published January 1st When it was tested using fertilised eggs left over from IVF cycles, the eggs implanted in it, at aadathi days, just as they would in a real womb.

We’re virrgin still adapting. Alice rated it liked it Oct 29, Overall a good read and recommended, but there seemed to be a fair bit of repetition and some strategic editing correction would have further improved the work. As I read it, the reason is not well understood.

In Like a Virgin, Prasad describes some of the ethical dilemmas that might result, exploring, for instance, the bond between a pregnant woman and her baby. It is also written really well. A news site you’ll actually love. Michelle rated it really liked it Nov 20, Think Outside The Inbox Get the important stories, told nowhere else.

They hope, soon, to gestate one from conception.

That’s mainly towards removing the role of men and women as we know at present. Dec 13, Vineet added it. Trivia About Like a Virgin: As a psychologist I’d want to see many questions raised, explored, and studied.

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Although, if you don’t you can still infer a lot of information from the prasda. If babies are gestated outside the human body, it would immediately disrupt all our notions about who should be the primary parent, and about male and female roles as a whole. I may come back to it next year.


I was expecting an intimate glimpse into future science backed up by current research and lots of in-text citations. Where you’re interested in the topic, but the way it’s delivered isn’t very appealing, and I often found myself engaging in other activities while reading. I would warn any potential reader who follows through to the end, however, that a strong willingness to accept ambiguity is essential, as it is for any scientific report. One fact that struck me was the chance of preeclampsia, potentially fatal, being greater in the first pregnancy, More specifically, the first pregnancy with the father.

Although it’s informative, it’s very hard for the average person to understand. lke

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

Open Preview See a Problem? This was an interesting book – approaching reproduction very much from a biological rather than human standpoint. We’re some way from finding out. I mean, maybe they would. All of this, at least as I read it, making clear that it is not a simple matter of one XX or XY combination coming together. Here she describes the “ultimate solo parent” of the future.

There are therefore regulatory and ethical as well as technological barriers to overcome in many of these reproductive advances, but when I ask Prasad whether she thinks we’ll see artificial wombs used by humans in her lifetime, she is positive. On the issue of the “pro life” anti-choice position that argues for putting the life of the fertilized egg above all other factors, including the danger to the mother in every pregnancy, I found his point helpful that “sex is not designed for the individual; it is designed to benefit the populations.

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 virgin mother by geneticists in the s. 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 the 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 physic I was gifted this book as part of the GoodReads giveaway.


It’s not magic,” she adds. See our Returns Policy. Rarely, if it ever happens, does one arrive at a final answer. For everyone who believes that “one man, one woman” is a simple statement, I wish there were a requirement to read the first sections of this book. By definition, assuming this is not spousal rape, impregnation by force with a strange man, it would seem, increases the chances of preeclampsia. But surely for people who want to reproduce and don’t have a partner, going it alone might not be prompted by narcissism — more by their confidence in their own DNA and family medical history, versus that of an unknown donor?

This whole concept of the perfection of maternal bonding — it’s not like that. Fortunately, when facts do break through and evidence is accepted, it leads to additional – in this case fascinating – discoveries. The decision to write Like a Virgin grew from Prasad’s own desire to have children. By her 30s, she was noticing how many women, herself included, were struggling to find the right partner or chose between work and family.

But it’s a chemical signal, and those are completely replicable in an artificial situation. Prasad sees current developments as helping women and men in all permutations and combinations of relationships and those A very well-researched book that looks at the developments in human reproduction and the direction in which it is proceeding.