The Male Fertility Crisis

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Recent studies raise the alarming question of the kind of dystopic scenarios about human infertility depicted in Margaret Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale," or the 2006 film, "Children of Men." Are these stories fiction or forecast? Sperm counts in men living in Western countries, according to one meta-analysis, have dropped by almost 60 per cent over the past half century. Science researcher Shanna Swan's book, "Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race," leads us into a discussion on male fertility.

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