The Quest for Virgin Birth

Maryam and Isa

Aarathi wrote and presented this radio documentary, which was chosen as Pick of the Week, 1st January 2009. Read more on the BBC Radio 4 website.

Geneticist Aarathi Prasad explores the natural phenomenon known as parthenogenesis, or virgin birth.

Thanks to a breakthrough in DNA profiling, scientists have found that some species, including sharks, turkeys and komodo dragons, practice parthenogenesis if their survival is threatened. Aarathi explores the ethical and biological implications should new embryonic stem cell technologies be employed to also make it an option for humans.


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