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Secrets of the Sperm Bank
Since the recession began, the number of aspiring sperm and egg donors has surged dramatically in the United States. In 2009, some sperm banks saw a 15 to 20 percent increase in applicants, while, in 2008, egg agencies reported a similar rise -- including, at one company, a 40 percent increase in wannabe egg providers. "Sex Cells," a new book by Rene Almeling, an assistant professor of sociology at Yale University, pulls back the curtain on the egg and sperm market and looks at the ways our cultural assumptions about gender roles influence not only the egg and sperm donation industry but also the people within it.