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

Aarathi Prasad

Anno: 2012
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 288 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 216 x 135 mm
Peso: 318 gr.
  • EAN: 9781851689118
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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.