The idea of a world without men is a popular theme in science fiction, but now advances in scientific research could mean that in the future these fantasy worlds become reality. How might recent developments in science change the way we reproduce? And what ethical questions might our quests for alternative reproduction bring to light?
This café explores the possibility of reproduction without men and how this might drastically alter their role in society. Are men in danger of becoming a dying breed?
Professor Steve Jones from University College London has written widely on the topic of the genetic weakness of man. Professor Karim Nayernia’s fertility and stem cell research has produced the first lab-made sperm. Professor John Harris is an expert in the bioethics of using human cells for medical research. Gwyneth Jones, science fiction and fantasy writer, will be asking how the reality of a world without men might compare with the fiction.
Free – no booking required.
This is one of a series of Cafe Scientifique events held as part of See Further: The Festival of Science + Arts. Cafe Scientifique is a place where, over cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore science and technology. To join in, just turn up, get a drink, and get involved in the discussion.
Supported by the Kohn Foundation.