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Sperm Donor Looked Stellar. Then, a 'Horrifying' Find

Families suing after 5 kids from Donor 3116 test positive for degenerative nerve disorder

(Newser) - He seemed like the perfect sperm donor: a well-educated cytogeneticist with a robust genetic makeup, with no signs of even minor health issues. But seven Canadian families say the man known as Donor 3116 wasn't quite what he seemed, and they're now suing the Ontario sperm bank they... More »

Jury Awards $400K in Dog Semen Case

Richard Weiner and Brad Barcroft won their case in Oregon

(Newser) - Semen, worth $400,000? In this case, yes: An Oregon jury has awarded two men the eye-popping sum over dog semen that was allegedly damaged or destroyed. Richard Weiner and Brad Barcroft, both dog breeders, had accused the International Canine Semen Bank of mishandling the frozen semen of prized Labrador... More »

Dozens of Vials of Bull Semen Explode in Fire

The containers were worth thousands, went up in flames at Australia lab

(Newser) - An Australia building that was destroyed by fire in the wee hours of Tuesday housed a cattle breeding laboratory—and more than more than 100 cryogenic cylinders filled with bull semen, worth thousands of dollars, exploded during the blaze. Yarram Herd Services has for two decades provided artificial insemination, breeding... More »

7 Middle Schoolers Charged Over Semen-Laced Crepes

Urine-tainted barbecue sauce was allegedly on the menu, too

(Newser) - Eighth grade students in Ohio are facing charges after allegedly serving teachers crepes topped with semen and urine . The seven male students at Hyatts Middle School in Powell, all 14 years old, were charged Tuesday in Delaware County Juvenile Court following a three-month investigation. It began as video circulated showing... More »

Farmers Jailed Over Pig Semen Smuggled in Shampoo Bottles

Australian minister describes 'a disturbing disregard for the laws'

(Newser) - Two pig farmers have been jailed in Australia over their role in illegally importing pig semen disguised as shampoo. GD Pork managing director Torben Soerensen was sentenced to three years in prison; production manager Henning Laue was sentenced to two years. Both men were accused of aiding in a scheme... More »

Police Investigating What Was in Crepes Served to Teachers

Per student-made video, bodily fluids were allegedly included

(Newser) - Students in a "Global Gourmet" class at Ohio's Olentangy Hyatts Middle School held a cooking competition last week, during which they served the teachers who were judging the contest crepes. Those crepes may have contained some decidedly less-than-gourmet ingredients: urine and semen, police say. A video purportedly made... More »

Why Brazilian Women Want Sperm From Guys Like This

They feel blond, blue-eyed males will produce 'pretty' kids who will have more advantages

(Newser) - What came into Brazil in great numbers in 2017: hundreds of tubes of imported US semen, often from donors primed to make "pretty" children—which for many Brazilians means white "biotypes" with light hair and eyes, per the Wall Street Journal . Such imports of overseas sperm have spiked... More »

Texas Candidate Gets Most of Her Donations in Semen

Ana Lisa Garza gets the support of deer breeders

(Newser) - A candidate running for the Texas state legislature is garnering attention over her campaign donations—most of which consist of frozen deer semen, the Hill reports. Ana Lisa Garza has received $87,500 for her gutsy run against eight-term Democrat Ryan Guillen, $51,000 of which are listed as in-kind... More »

Woman Bugged by Cops' Reaction to Thermos of Semen

Felicia Nevins called cops fearing it might explode, isn't happy about the publicity

(Newser) - A Florida woman trying to get pregnant via artificial insemination called police because she feared the thermos she was using to store sperm and dry ice might explode. Felicia Nevins sought the Pasco County Sheriff's Office's help after she forgot to remove a rubber O-ring from the container,... More »

What Marijuana May Do to Sperm

Nothing good...

(Newser) - Smoking pot could damage your semen quality, or so suggests a new study out of Denmark. Some 1,215 Danish men ages 18 to 28 were asked about their drug use over the past three months and provided a semen sample. The researchers found a correlation between men who smoked... More »

Cop Accused of Tossing Gross Fluid on Co-Worker

Michael Iscenko, 54, allegedly wanted woman's attention

(Newser) - A New York police sergeant allegedly tossed semen on a co-worker as way of saying that, gosh, he really likes her. Michael Iscenko, 54, is accused of throwing his spunk on an unidentified woman at the office where they work, the Grio reports. Iscenko had already expressed his interest to... More »

Cops Hunt Stolen $70K in Bull Semen

Because stealing jewelry is for chumps

(Newser) - Police are investigating the theft of about $70,000 worth of bull semen from a farm in southern Minnesota. Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi says a LeRoy man reported Tuesday that a storage canister with vials of bull semen was taken from his unlocked barn. The theft happened sometime between... More »

Fascist's DNA Rebuilt From 'Love Hanky'

Gabriele d’Annunzio's DNA reconstructed in scientific first

(Newser) - Want to revive the DNA of a protofascist warrior poet? Just gather the man's semen from an old hanky gifted to a girlfriend and voila, you have the first DNA reconstructed without exhuming human remains. At least that's what forensic experts did in Italy with Gabriele d’Annunzio,... More »

Ebola Survivor Quarantined Over Infectious Semen

Virus lingers in semen for months

(Newser) - An Indian man recovered from Ebola back in September, before flying from Liberia to Delhi on Nov. 10—but the 26-year-old has been quarantined anyway, because though his blood tested negative for the virus, his semen tested positive. Ebola lingers in semen for months after a person has recovered, a... More »

Kids Could Look Like Mom's Ex, Not Like Dad

At least in the fruit fly population, telegony study claims

(Newser) - Guys may unknowingly be leaving their mark on the world: Scientists from the University of New South Wales in Australia have taken on what was widely considered to be the discredited theory of telegony—the idea that a woman's children might resemble not just her current sexual partner, but... More »

Sperm Bank Turns Away Carrot Tops

'Too many redheads in relation to demand': bank director

(Newser) - Redheaded men seeking a quick $500 best not turn to the Cryos sperm bank: It's full-up with carrot top donors and is turning them away. "There are too many redheads in relation to demand," director Ole Schou tells the Telegraph . Only women who have an infertile redhead... More »

Semen Allergy Tied to Post-Orgasm 'Flu'

Injections of their own semen may help afflicted men, say researchers

(Newser) - Talk about disappointing sex. A rare semen allergy is being linked to a strange, flu-like illness some men experience after orgasm. Men who suffer from post orgasmic illness syndrome, or POIS, become feverishness, with a runny nose, extreme fatigue and burning eyes immediately after ejaculation, reports Reuters . Symptoms can last... More »

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