Aarathi Prasad is a biologist and science 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? and Brave New World with Stephen Hawking for Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel. Previously a cancer genetics researcher at Imperial College London, she subsequently moved out of the lab and into the worlds of 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 and in Bulgarian in 2013, with Japanese, Arabic, and Italian editions to follow. Dr Prasad is currently filming for a new Discovery Channel and National Geographic TV series. She lives in London.
“Aarathi Prasad has travelled far into the mysterious land of human and animal conception and come back with extraordinary stories of chimaeras and parthenogens, of cannibal sharks in the womb, of pseudosperm and the prospect of birth without pregnancy. A fascinating book.” Matt Ridley, bestselling author of The Red Queen
“Think you know the birds and the bees? Prasad’s whip-smart, eye-popping book takes us on a journey into the heart of gender and reproduction—a journey whose strange history is matched only by its unexpected future.” David Eagleman, Neuroscientist, Author of Incognito and Sum