America’s hottest export? Sperm

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Sperm from the US and Denmark dominate the market because those countries currently have the most supply, experts say.

Ella Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a hysterectomy. After several years, the nudges took hold. Because she wasn’t a good candidate to freeze only her eggs, she was advised to undergo IVF and freeze fertilized embryos.

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Chinese hospital introduces hands-free automatic sperm extractor

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Automatic sperm extractor.

A hospital in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, China, has introduced a new machine that makes sperm donation even easier- an automatic hands-free sperm extractor. Have scientists gone a little too far with this invention? (Video)

 

 

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Palestinian prisoners smuggle sperm out of jail

Suhad Abu Fiad gets a prenatal ultrasound at a clinic in the West Bank city of Nablus.

During a routine sonogram, Suhad Abu Fiad immediately tears up at the sight of her unborn baby’s tiny feet and fingers. She’s hoping for a girl but, as she’s only four months pregnant, it’s still too soon to tell.

 

 

 

 

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Older Dad’s linked to kids’ risk for genetic ailments

Father’s age is linked to increased genetic risk.

Solid evidence has been found by scientists that older men have more random mutations in their sperm cells. They’re warning that can cause autism, schizophrenia and a long list of other genetic diseases in their offspring.

 

 

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World’s largest sperm bank turns down redheads

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“There are too many redheads in relation to demand”

The largest sperm bank in the world has started turning down redheaded donors because there is too little demand for their sperm. Cryos’s director, Ole Schou, said that there had been a surge in donations in recent years, allowing the facility to become much more picky about its donors.

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Sperm Grown in Lab Could Cure Male Infertility

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Sperm grown in test tube is an important step toward curing male infertility.

Sperm has been grown in a test tube for the first time in a “small but important step” towards curing male infertility, a study claims.  Researchers removed stem cells and cultured sperm in the laboratory in a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments and drugs for men currently unable to have children.

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Could Your Laptop Be Cooking Your Testicles?

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Even with a lap pad under the computer, men’stesticles overheat quickly.

Whoever invented the ‘laptop’ probably didn’t worry too much about male reproductive health.  Turns out, unsurprisingly, that sitting with a computer on your lap will crank up the temperature of your nether regions, which could affect sperm quality.

 

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‘Gender Bending’ Chemical Now Linked to Male Infertility

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Bisphenol-A (BPA) linked to male infertility.

A controversial chemical used for decades in the mass production of food containers and baby bottles has been linked to male infertility for the first time.  Bisphenol-A (BPA), known as the “gender bending” chemical because of its connection to male impotence, has now been shown to decrease sperm mobility and quality.

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The Great Sperm Race – The Story of Human Conception As It’s Never Been Told Before

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National Geographic’s ‘Sizing Up Sperm’

A contest with 250 million competitors; only one winner… relentless obstacles, outrageous fatality rate.  Within 30 minutes of ejaculation, over 99 percent of the sperm will be dead or dying. But for those that remain it will be a vicious 14-hour fight to the end, with only one champion!

“Sizing Up Sperm” uses real people to represent 250 million sperm on their marathon quest to be first to reach a single egg! (Pics and video)

 

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