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It’s Never Too Late To Spawn

It’s a rare man with super sperm that can impregnate a woman when the two of them are in their seventies. The late conservative Senator Strom Thurmond, fathered a child at 74, comedian Charlie Chaplin helped his wife conceive at 73, and abstract artist Picasso made a baby at 68. And all this was before Viagra! Now science has made things possible for any Tom, Dick, and Harry with in-vitro fertilization. Thanks to IVF, Charam Singh, who is in his mid-70′s, and his 70 year-old wife just gave birth to twins over the weekend in India. Congratulations?! So we get why Angelina Jolie wants to spawn over and over again with Brad Pitt, but why on earth would this woman want to take a loan out to pay all the expensive medical bills, not to mention take her va-jane out of retirement? The Panwars already had two daughters and five grandchildren together, but it wasn’t enough for them. They wanted, and finally got, a male heir to pass their family farm onto. Thanks chauvinism! [BBC via Dlisted]

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Men Have Biological Clocks, Too

As women wait longer to have babies, complications become more common, and now a new study says that men over 35 can contribute to these pregnancy problems. In intrauterine insemination, the woman’s age was closely associated with a decreased pregnancy rate and miscarriages, according to Dr. Stephanie Belloc of the Eylau Centre for Assisted Reproduction in Paris. And when the men were over 35, there also were increased miscarriage rates, most likely due to DNA damage that comes with age. So, if you and your guy want to have babies later in life — or if you were planning on bedding George Clooney — Dr. Belloc suggests you try in vitro fertilization. [EurekAlert!] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Happy Baby Faces, Accidental Porn, And Healthy Sperm

  • When mothers see their own baby’s face, areas of the brain associated with reward light up on brain scans, and they react most strongly when the baby is making a happy, smiling face. Happy babies make happy mothers. [EurekAlert!]
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    The Daily Squeeze: PETA’s Sexy Cat Ad, Tila Tequila’s Breakup, And Paint’s Effect On Sperm

  • PETA’s pro-neutering/spaying ad has been banned from MTV and most other networks for being too sexy. They’re just cats humping, people! [PETA TV]
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    The Daily Squeeze: Get Happy, Watch An Indecent Cartoon, And Start Recycling

  • After polling 16,000 people, two researchers found that sex is so important to happiness that we should increase its frequency from once a month to once a week. The happiness generated from this increase is equivalent to being told you’re getting a $50,000 raise. [SMH.com]
  • Watch this funny video when you get home tonight (it’s a little NSFW, as it contains a few curse words and a naughty cartoon.) [Nalden.net]
  • Pollution might be doing more damage to the earth than the usual killing off of animal species and such. Pesticides, herbicides, industrial agents, alcohol, and metals are increasingly being blamed for abnormal sperm and decreased sperm counts. Recycle those plastics! [The Sydney Morning Herald]
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    Grow Your Own Baby

    It’s alive, it’s aliiiiiiive! German scientists have successful inseminated rats with Franken-sperm, the first lab grown man-juice. Genetics researchers at the University of Goettingen have developed fetuses through embryonic stem cells. Which means if they can transfer this technology to humans, getting pregnant could come self-contained in a chick’s package with no male necessary. While this process won’t give men a biological tie to the child, it could conceive one from two women, using the stem cells from one lady and the egg from the other. Amazing! The process is still a little shaky, as only 12 out of 65 mice eggs were actually fertilized, and of those, seven died within five months of birth. So, the docs are working out the kinks in the faux-sperm system and a team is even going to England to begin research with human stem cells, since Germany has laws preventing mad scientists from using people parts that way. Dr. Wolfgang Engel is hopeful and promises, “If it works in the mouse, I’m sure it will also work in the human.” [The Sydney Morning Herald]

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