September 19, 2011
World’s Largest Sperm Bank Turning Down Redheaded Donors
The world's largest sperm bank, Cryos, said recently that it is now turning down redheaded donors because supply is currently greater than demand, according to a report by the UK's Telegraph.
Cryos' director Ole Schou said that because supply has become so great in recent years, it has been able to become more picky about its donors.
"There are too many redheads in relation to demand," he told Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet. "I do not think you chose a redhead, unless the partner - for example, the sterile male - has red hair, or because the lone woman has a preference for redheads. And that's perhaps not so many, especially in the latter case."
He said the biggest market for sperm from redheads was in Ireland where it sold "like hot cakes."
He said the store has reached their capacity of semen and the stores currently have a waiting list of 600 donors.
Schou said donors with brown hair and brown eyes was in demand due to the bank's large customer base in Spain, Italy and Greece.
"What we need is brown-eyed Scandinavians/Caucasians and Mediterranean donors and other ethnicities and races," he told MSNBC. "The problem is that we are located in Scandinavia and 'harvest' donors here but we supply to more than 65 countries all over the whole world. They don´t always want Scandinavian donors out there."
He said Indian sperm was hard to find because India does not allow sperm or eggs to be exported.
Cryos pays up to $500 and sends its semen to over 65 countries around the world.
"Our function in society is to have all races and all ethnicities. Our problem is that we have too many Scandinavians only," he says.
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