July 31, 2010
In a marriage of modern science and the culture of celebrity, a Los Angeles-based sperm bank is grouping donors according to which famous people they resemble. On its website, the California Cryobank asks: "Have you ever wondered if your favorite donor looks like anyone famous? You know how tall he is and his hair and eye color, but wouldn't it be great to have an idea of what he really LOOKS like? Now you can find out with a CLICK of your mouse!" Browsers are typically directed to pictures of two or three celebrity lookalikes.
August 24, 2008 |
When Julie Peterson decided to have a baby two years ago, she picked a tall, blond, blue-eyed Danish engineer as a sperm donor to match her own Scandinavian heritage. But when she went back to the sperm bank to use the same donor to have another child, she was stunned to discover that the federal government had made it impossible. "I just cried," said Peterson, 43, who lives in North Carolina. "I was in complete shock. I hadn't thought about anything but having another baby with this donor.
September 4, 2006 |
Thousands of sperm samples were destroyed when the temperature rose undetected in a refrigeration tank at the University of Florida. Dr. R. Stan Williams, chief of the university medical college's division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, said its "sperm bank is essentially wiped out." Most of the samples were from anonymous donors intended for use by couples with fertility problems. Up to 60 of the samples were from men who had banked their sperm in case they became impotent.
November 6, 2002 |
Workers at a Romanian car factory have decided to donate sperm to get the debt-ridden plant out of the red. "Our feasibility study shows that if 1,000 workers donate their sperm for several months, we can get enough funds to pay part of the plant's debts," said Ion Cotescu, trade union leader at ARO Campulung. He said the decision was made after media reports said a fertility clinic in the western city of Timisoara offered donors $50 a visit. The plant's debts are put at $20 million.
May 3, 2002 |
Marcus has two moms. And once the 15-year-old reaches his 18th birthday, Marcus expects to meet his ... well, what's the right term for the mystery man who provided the sperm that made his life possible? "The donor" is how Marcus Liefert thinks of him now. Certainly not "dad," even though Marcus imagines they might go out to a ballgame someday. How about "genetic father"? "No. I know that's biologically true, but that's not the term I would use," Marcus says.
May 13, 2001 |
At the Miura ranch, a revered patch of the bullfighting world, bulls roam idyllic fields dotted with oak trees and wild asparagus as death awaits them in the ring. Nasty, smart and genetically unique, the animals bred at this compound near Seville also face a threat outside the arena--shifting bullfight tastes--and could conceivably die out, aficionados fear. So to protect Miuras and other rare bloodlines, Spain is building up a bull sperm and embryo bank. "It's part of our national heritage.