Subscribe to the BioNews newsletter for free

Advanced Search

Search for

Like the Progress Educational Trust on Facebook

The Fertility Show

US company offers celebrity 'look-a-like' sperm

07 September 2009

By Louise Mallon

Appeared in BioNews 524

A California-based fertility company is offering prospective parents a range of celebrity 'look-a-like' sperm donors. Cryobank, which is also planning to offer services in New York, allows customers to search through a database according to characteristics such as ethnicity and eye colour without revealing donors' photographs. In addition, the company has now added features that resemble celebrities such as David Beckham and David Blaine.

Cryobank's introduction on its website reads: ‘Have you ever wondered if your favorite donor looks like anyone famous? You know how tall he is and his hair and eye color, but wouldn't it be great to have an idea of what he really LOOKS like? Now you can find out with a click of your mouse!'

Scott Browne, a spokesman for Cryobank said that 'the intention is not to suggest the child will look like one of the celebrities. It's just to personalise the donor. I think in their heads they know the medical history is most important, but ultimately we're all interested in what someone looks like. It's what we do when we're dating or meet someone. I didn't ask my wife her medical history before I decided to marry her.'

Potential sperm donors are put through a rigorous screening process delving into their health and medical history before finding out which celebrity they most closely resemble. Browne says the process of deciding which donor resembles which celebrity is not easy: 'There's a lot that goes into it. It's not just sitting in a room deciding who looks like Ben Affleck, what sounded really easy got complicated when we realised that people see people in completely different ways,' he said. He added: 'So we're very concerned about misleading clients. One rule we made was that a donor never gets just one celeb. And one of our representatives can always get on the phone and explain.'

The company's New York Park Avenue branch will not be open for a few months but from this week prospective parents can search the database online for celebrity look-a-like sperm.


California Cryobank | 27 July 2009
NY Magazine | 30 August 2009
Hatch your own 'celebrity': Fertility clinic specializing in star look-a-likes to open in New York
NY Daily News | 09/2009


28 June 2010 - by Kyrillos Georgiadis 
A controversial dating website that only allows 'beautiful people' to join has launched a sperm and egg bank so that people can have 'beautiful children'... [Read More]

Be the first to have your say.

You need to or  to add comments.

By posting a comment you agree to abide by the BioNews terms and conditions



- click here to enquire about using this story.

Published by the Progress Educational Trust

The Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: The Science and Ethics of Engineering the Embryo', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 9 December 2015

9 December
Details HERE

BioNews Reader Survey 2015

Click HERE to complete our Reader Survey, and help ensure that BioNews can continue to be offered for FREE

Good Fundraising Code

Advertise your products and services HERE - click for further details