This is The Beast’s joke: Floridians (of all people) should know that Fresh-Squeezed beats Frozen any day!
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Thousands of sperm samples, some stored by men who feared they could become impotent, were destroyed when the temperature rose undetected in a refrigeration tank at the University of Florida.
The problem at the university’s Women’s Health Center at Magnolia Parke began last October, when a faulty sensor on the liquid-nitrogen-filled tank apparently failed to alert anyone that the temperature had risen, said center spokesman Tom Fortner.
Officials had believed they caught the problem in time, until tests two weeks ago revealed that all the samples were destroyed, said Dr. R. Stan Williams, chief of the university medical college’s division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
The vast majority of the samples were from anonymous donors intended for use by couples with fertility problems.
“Our anonymous donor sperm bank is essentially wiped out,” Williams said.
Up to 60 of the samples were from men — many undergoing cancer treatments — who banked their sperm in case they no longer could have children, he said.
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