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article imageWorld's largest sperm bank turns down redheads due to low demand

By Kim I. Hartman     Sep 21, 2011 in World
Aarhus - Citing a lack of demand for the sperm from redheaded donors, and a long waiting list of willing candidates, the world's largest sperm bank is no longer accepting donations from anyone with red hair.
Ole Schou, director for Cyros International in Denmark, said a surge in donations had allowed the company to reach their maximum allotted storage of 70 litres of sperm from redhead donors, reported the Telegraph.
"There are too many redheads in relation to demand," said Schou. "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."
The exception to this was in Ireland where the sperm from redheads is in high demand. Sperm from the Cryos sperm bank is shipped to over 65 countries.
What's hot in Europe, in the world of sperm, is donations from men with brown eyes and brown hair, according to Cryos. But 'ginger's' and their babies are out, said the Daily Caller's Laura Donovan.
Redheads have lived in fear of extinction ever since erroneous reports announced their gene was expected to fizzle out by 2060, and now the news reports their sperm is unwanted, or at least in 'low demand.'
In New Zealand redheads will find a willing market for their sperm. Dr Richard Fisher, a fertility expert with the country's largest fertility clinic said a shortage of sperm donors exists for Kiwi couples to choose from, so all donors, regardless of hair color, are welcome.
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"We'd like to have enough donors for everyone and the issue of whether they've got red hair or not is a red herring," he said. "There's an assumption people will choose on physical characteristics but that's not necessarily true. People are aware of it but it's not their primary choice."
New Zealand sperm donors are not compensated for their donations, according to Fisher. Cryos International pays its donors up to $500 for their contribution to the sperm bank's inventory.
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