Re: Are there smartdrugs?

J. R. Molloy (
Tue, 19 Oct 1999 08:36:30 -0700

>> Why not take a trip to the local sperm bank and donate some
>> of those good Extropian genes?
>I thought of that, but unfortunately I'm not an ideal candidate.
>To a sperm bank and their consumers, IQ isn't everything.


Media speculation on the prospect of fertility clinics in the UK importing foreign sperm was proved correct when the Glasgow Royal Infirmary was granted permission last Wednesday to import sperm from Denmark. After 18 months of campaigning, the clinic managed to convince the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) that this was the best way of reducing the chronic backlog of infertility cases in the area whilst maintaining safety standards - the HFEA's initial worry with the proposal.

The sperm will be bought from the Cryos sperm bank in Copenhagen, which already supplies 20 countries and which claims that its 250 active donors have been responsible for about 3,000 births worldwide. The Cryos clinic has been made a satellite of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in order that the HFEA may impose its own safety requirements. Danish donors will have to give written consent before their sperm is exported to the UK. They will also have to supply the same information that is currently required of UK donors, including their names.