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  • The surprising birthplace of the first sperm bank

    The Atlantic - 04/28/2014

    In a country scandalized and outraged so easily, the sperm bank has been naturalized. To say one works at a sperm bank would cause no more of a commotion than to say one works at an investment bank, surely.

    But it was not always so.

    There had to be a first sperm bank, and those early bankers felt the excitement and fear of the new.

    The year was 1952. They were two doctors in Iowa. And they had figured out how to freeze sperm, thaw it back to active life, and use it to help families to conceive.

    The year after they began, a nationwide poll found 28 percent of Americans approved of artificial insemination. That winter, three babies born from thawed sperm were born.

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