How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex

Dr Aarathi Prasad

When?
Wednesday, November 14 2012 at 7:30PM

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48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
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Who?
Dr Aarathi Prasad

What's the talk about?

Religions place humans at the centre of creation and provide the idea that such perfectly made beings tamper with their nature at their peril. Most every technological advance has been met with suspicion and none more so than technologies that touch an area so personal  and intimate as having babies.

But consider the metamorphoses we have undergone as a species. Some of our most critical biological adaptations are not ones that necessarily serve us well today but are adaptations that suited the circumstances during the time we adapted; in the case of reproduction we're going  back some millions of years.

We can also use technology to adapt - here's a thought - the ban on gay/lesbian marriages in the CofE - which must be predicated on such unions not being fruitful- absolutely could be, with the right biological tweaks.

What is evolution after all if not a very very long history of biological tweaks of our ancestors' original genomes?