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June 5, 1972

Frozen Sperm Banks

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Roseville, Minn

JAMA. 1972;220(10):1365. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200100075028

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To the Editor.—  Dr. Sophia Kleegmen was certainly one of the absolute pioneers in therapeutic insemination (219:1350, 1972). However, since her activity in the field, many changes have taken place and, at the present time, there are approximately 15 sperm-bank facilities in the United States.There are several commercial sperm banks currently operating. Ours has offices in four cities, another in New York, another in San Francisco, and one is in the formation stage in Atlanta. In addition, several physicians operate sperm banks; notably, Cohen in Chicago, Sherman in Little Rock, Berman in Ann Arbor, Bunge in Iowa City, Tyler in California, and several others.In the animal industry, which has been active in this field for approximately 25 years, more than 100 million calves have been born from frozen sperm and they have better results with frozen semen than with the classical means of insemination. The human experience dates

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