Exit time for sperm banks

Published: Saturday 15 June 1996

WITH the help of testicular sperm extraction with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (TSEICSI), even sterile men can father children.

Researchers had already found that even when ejaculated semen did not have sperm, encounters could be manipulated between immature, not- willing-to-move sperms, even in men who had blocked testicular ducts. But with TEISCI, they do not even need sperm, just cells from pre-sperm cells would do.

Anirudda Malpani from Malpani infertility clinic in Mumbai jubiliantly says, "Our patient had azoospermia or no sperm at all in his semen". This means every man, no matter what his medical problem, can father a pregnancy using his own sperm and sperm banks for donor insemination m4y become obsolete.

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