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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, August 21, 1974 Sperm banks may be cheating males OTTAWA (CP) Men choosing to store their sperm in deep freeze sperm banks may be getting cheated both financially and by false expectations, says a world authority on animal and human reproduction. Prof Richard Blandau of Seattle. Wash., president of the Society for the Study ot Reproduction, said in an interview Tuesday there is "grave doubt" that human spermatozoa specimens stored over a long period are capable of fertilizing the ova or female reproductive cells Despite this doubt, sperm banks are springing up all over the world and charging large sums to store the sperm specimens of men undergoing vasectomies who want insurance against the day they may wish to have children, he said. "This situation is untenable on the information we he said at the society's annual meeting. "More research is required." Prof Blandau. of the University of Washington school of medicine, is editor of a soon -to-be published text on the biology of aging of eggs and sperm. He said he did not know how many sperm banks have come into existence in the last several years, "but they have become common all over the United States." It is known that sperm cells lose their vitality and ability to move spontaneously over time, despite preservation in a frozen state, but hard data on the rate of deterioration is lacking. Cattle spermatozoa have successfully fertilized female reproductive cells after 15 to 20 years in cold storage but it cannot be assumed this time period would apply for people, said Prof. Blandau. It might be decades before researchers know whether human spermatozoa specimens now in cold storage are capable of reproduction after preservation for 20 or 30 years. Dr. Blandau also said attempts to create so called "test tube" babies should cease until more research is done with animals. There was scant evidence that children born from this procedure would have "normal embryo development or that their mental capacities and intelligence would be normal." He was referring to reports from England last month that three children have been born in Europe to women infertile because of fallopian tube blockages. v HERE'S MORE OF OUR 500 BEST BUYS Men's Corduroy Co-ordinate Sets Enjoy the easy going lines that keep tune with fall's fashion trends And you'll feel casual, com- fortable and assured because this set is easy to care for 100% cotton corduroy jac shirt has two breast pockets, snap front closure, back yoke. Flared jeans have front and back pockets. Colors of Navy, Chocolate, Black and Camel. Shirt sizes 34 to 42. Pants waist sizes 28 to 36. Jac Shirt, each Jeans, pair 14.95 10.95 100% Cotton Denim Jeans Denim's now at the top of the changing fashion ladder. Snug- fining waist and smart boot cut styling. Sanforized. Zipper fly. Waist: 28 to 38. PAIR 15.95 [In 100% Cotton Pinwale 'Levi' Corduroys Functional jeans by one ot the world's leading jean makers. Flare bottoms; front and back pockets. Sanforized; washable. Navy, Brown, Camel, Black, Green. Waist: 28 to 38; PAIR 16.95 HERE'S MORE OF OUR 500 BEST BUYS Solid Comfort Suede Casuals in Sizes for Men, Women Children Comfortable casuals featuring Moccasin toe. flexible foam out- sole and cushioned arch support. With full wedge outsole and leather top line. In Brown or Beige. Even sizes Men. 7-11 Ladies, 6-9; Children, 1-6. YOUR CHOICE PAIR 9.87 Outstanding Value in Boys' Work Boots Boys' PAIR S6 Youths' PAIR 5 Featuring a snug, 5-eyelet tie, these Moccasin-toe-style work boots are an excel- lent budget-minded buy! They boast durable Vinyl uppers and molded sole Colour. Tan. Sizes: Boys, Youths. Comfortable Oxfords for Ladies Teens 8.96 PAIR These smart, one-tie ladies' and teens' Oxfords feature a skinfit lining and lea- ther counter poker. Accentuated with an attractive White stitch trim around the toe, they are available in Black or Brown. Sizes: Child's "Learn-to- Tie" Running Shoes 3.97 pair Step-by-step instructions encourage youngsters to tie their own shoes. With canvas uppers, rubber toe cap, gum sole and arch cushion insole. Colours: Navy or Red print Even sizes: 4-12. ICO DEPARTMENT STORES College Shopping Mall 202S Mayor Magrath Drivt Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. BinWTHCONflOMI SATISFACTION EUARANTEED Jjoolco DEPARTMENT STORES J 1 (If r i 1 1 Shopping Mall 2025 Mayor Magralh Drive Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 BinwncoMwiH i SATISFACTION GUARANTEED REPliCUMTORnUflllOIIEYflEFimDED ;