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Like a Virgin: How Science Is Redesigning the Rules of Sex Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1851689118 ISBN-10: 1851689117

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (August 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851689117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851689118
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Think of her as the female equivalent of Brian Cox making science accessible for the masses... Entertaining and provocative, this promises to change the way you think about sex." Stylist "A fascinating examination of a future that may not be too distant, as well as an account of historical misconceptions about conception." Kirkus Reviews "[Prasad's] elegantly written romp through the science and history of conception is conceivably as much fun as you'll ever have thinking about sex without working up a sweat." Publishers Weekly

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Aarathi Prasad is a biologist and science writer. She has appeared on TV and radio programmes, including as presenter of Channel 4’s controversial ‘Is It Better to Be Mixed Race?’ and ‘Brave New World with Stephen Hawking’, as well as BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Quest for Virgin Birth’, and written for Wired, the Guardian, and many other publications. Previously a cancer genetics researcher at Imperial College London, she subsequently moved into the worlds of science communication and policy, in areas including passage of the human-animal chimaera stem-cell bill in the UK Parliament.

A single mother, Dr. Prasad lives in London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Damian on December 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was gifted this from a friend who also agreed with the fact the book is in bad need having somebody read over it and carrying out a spell and grammar check. I made it half way through chapter 2 and had to put it down, it was just far too infuriating for me. Two stars is being generous, if I'd have read the rest of the book then maybe it would have been enlightening, I just didn't have the patience for it though.
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By Andrew Charig on May 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
If there were half stars, this would get 3 1/2.

For openers, ignore the jacket hype: this is a serious and interesting book, and that promotional hysteria does not do it justice. And I don't understand one reviewer's objection the the style: I am usually ultra-sensitive to grammatical solecisms, and I found few here.

I find Prasad's tales of anomalies from the history of reproductive science just as entertaining as Gould's and Dawkins' accounts of evolutional oddities, and as exciting. But her explanations are not as complete

* she discusses parthenogenesis at great length, but never mentions haploidy or diploidy, which are at its root

or as precise

* two embryos (p 79) cannot fuse to produce anything but Siamese twins; she may have meant zygotes

* saliva pH (p 98) runs about 6.0 to 7.0, median 6.8 - slightly lower than normal, not higher;

* meiosis (p 101) does not happen in eggs or sperm, but in the cells that produce them.

Picky-picky, admitted. But the major flaw is the lack of figures: she devotes a chapter to a mother and daughter who are identical because they may be nearer clones than relatives, but provides no portraits, and the material she is explaining cries aloud for diagrams and charts but there are none - not a single figure in the whole book.

I have to knock off a star and a half for the downsides, but not two.
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By John Hemphill on May 4, 2013
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A tour of conception and birth without sex. The book surveys a strange corner in the biology of fish, birds, insects, and mammals. It opens ones eyes to the sheer width of evolutionary solutions which have developed.
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By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2013
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I don't know why my first 4 star review was negative at all. The book is a little light as all pop science books have to be, but it's a good compilation - she crams a lot in - I've gone back to it many, many times now!
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