Sperm Race begins in Germany.

Sperm Race begins in Germany.
Sperm are racing toward a destination in Germany, and yes, it’s a reality TV show. First announced more than four years ago, in 2001, Sperm Race has kicked off. Alas, no kid will ever be able to watch his or her conception on TV. First, the competitors will donate at a sperm bank, but that won’t be shown on TV. Then, “the sperm will ‘race’ towards an egg–lured by a chemical that encourages them across the finishing line. Three doctors, including a gynaecologist, will be on hand to make sure the sperm behave correctly, while cameras will record it all,” The Observer reports. No eggs are involved. The winner gets a red Porsche. Production company Endemol Germany’s president reports that “Sperm Race is serious. Fertility is a big thing in Germany. About 1.8 million German men are unable to have children because they suffer from poor sperm. And there are disappointed girlfriends and wives, as well as parents who wait in vain for grandchildren.”

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