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Aarathi Prasad is a biologist and writer. She has appeared on TV and radio programmes, including as presenter of Quest for Virgin Birth on BBC Radio 4, Channel 4’s controversial Is It Better to Be Mixed Race?, Brave New World with Stephen Hawking (Series I) for Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel, and Series II for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

Previously a cancer genetics researcher at Imperial College London, she has also worked in science communication and policy, in areas including the passage in the UK Parliament of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. Her first book, Like A Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex was published (in the UK, USA, Canada, India and the Netherlands) in 2012, in Bulgarian in 2013, and Italian in 2014) with Japanese and Arabic editions to follow. She lives in London.