Present Status of Aid and Sperm Banks in Switzerland
The first Swiss semen bank for artificial insemination by donor (AID) using liquid nitrogen as freezing agent and glycerol as protective medium was set up at St. Gallen in 1970. There are now 5 AID centres in Switzerland(Figure 1) sharing the following characteristics: (1) The insemination centre is in a public gynaecological clinic; (2) insemination is performed only at the hospital where the semen bank is situated; and(3) the 5 insemination centres belong to the Swiss Work Group for Artificial Insemination which was set up in 1977 for the purpose of co-ordinating the activities of the centres, standardizing working methods and carrying out scientific programs on a joint basis.
KeywordsArtificial Insemination Joint Basis Sperm Bank Fresh Semen Freeze Semen
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