Elite sperm bank short of suitable donors

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An elite sperm bank in China is struggling because of a lack of suitable donors.

The Chengdu-based centre has attracted fewer than 20 samples in its four-year history.

It blames a dearth of candidates able to match up to its high standards.

It only accepts sperm from people with academic degrees equal to associate professor or above, sports or entertainment stars, and high-ranking managers or bankers.

Donors must pass more than 20 tests, which can take more than six months to complete.

Besides their social status, donors must be under the age of 60 and healthy with no hereditary illnesses in the family.

The Xinhua news agency reports the centre has helped just four couples have babies. 400 women are currently on its waiting list.
 
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