FDA Ban Impacts U.S. Sperm Banks' Supplies

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U.S. sperm banks are running out of Scandinavian sperm because of an FDA ban on human cell and tissue donations from countries that have increased risk of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease due to mad cow disease. Claus Rodgaard, manager of the sperm bank Cryos International in New York City, talks to Madeleine Brand about sperm demands, the Danish shortage and the rise of fertility tourism.



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