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Animal Sperm Bank Could Help Populate Other Planets

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August 30, 2013
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Japanese scientists say they've developed a technique to freeze animal sperm so they can unfreeze it years later. It could be a way to help bring endangered species back from the brink of extinction, or possibly even populate a new planet with animals. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) reports.


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How Alcohol Might Reduce Sperm Quality

How Alcohol Might Reduce Sperm Quality

Newsy (Oct. 3, 2014) — A new study found increased alcohol intake negatively affects sperm count in Danish men. Heavy drinkers' sperm count decreased by up to a third. Video provided by Newsy
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Brave New World of Genetic Testing

Brave New World of Genetic Testing

France 24 (Jan. 6, 2014) — Genepeeks is a new company in the US offering a service to mothers to scan the genome of any potential sperm donors to pinpoint any anomalies that could cause dangerous or fatal diseases to a future child. Critics say it's the first step towards "designer babies" - being able to pick and choose what kind of baby you want. But supporters say it's simply a way of ensuring your child is healthy - surely a wish of any parent.
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Photographer Bryant Austin Swims Eye to Eye With a Whale

Photographer Bryant Austin Swims Eye to Eye With a Whale

FORA.tv (June 11, 2013) — Conservation photographer Bryant Austin is the only photographer in the world producing high-resolution, life-size photography of whales. A chance encounter with a humpback calf and its mother helped Austin develop a technique to create detailed, intimate portraits of his subjects. Spending days at a time submerged with groups of whales, he remains motionless, allowing humpback, sperm, and minke whales that are sometimes forty-five feet in length and weigh as much as fifty tons to come within six feet. In this presentation, Austin will describe his fearless process and reveal images from his breathtaking new book, Beautiful Whale, which will be published in April 2013 by Abrams. Hear the story behind these impactful images that inspire people to take the future of whales-endangered throughout the oceans-into their hearts.
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