Will Sex Become Extinct?: June 26 at 10PM
Every single person who has ever lived was created from the genes of one man and one woman. But human sexual reproduction, unchanged for millions of years, is about to undergo radical change.
Geneticists have made a shocking discovery: the DNA in the male sex chromosomes is degrading, and in a few million years men may become infertile.
But it may not take a million years for Sex to go extinct. Technology is now on the brink of making children from two fathers, or two mothers, regardless of their age.
And women may not always have to give birth to children. Marine biologists are using mechanical wombs to birth live sharks; humans could be next.
In England, a revolutionary medical procedure is under review by the government that would change the ago old equation of sexual reproduction. If the procedure is made legal, doctors will be able to cure a debilitating series of diseases by giving offspring three genetic parents. Many scientists believe this is the beginning of a new class of medicine: one where disease is cured and human potential maximized by giving our unborn children genes from any number of third parties ... even from non-human donors.
How will this brave new world shape the social roles of men and women? Will new means of reproduction make our offspring morethan human? Will sex only be for recreation, not procreation?