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Good QualityThe Routinization of Sperm Banking in China$
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Ayo Wahlberg

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297777

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297777.001.0001

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Making Quality Auditable

Making Quality Auditable

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(p.131) 5 Making Quality Auditable
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Good Quality
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Ayo Wahlberg

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297777.003.0006

Donor screening in sperm banks has become increasingly medicalized in the last few decades. Sperm is a vital yet potentially dangerous substance. To improve its quality, sperm banks advise potential donors on how best to prepare themselves prior to donating. To mitigate the dangers it poses, sperm banks screen would-be donors as a way to prevent transmission of genetic and infectious disease from donor to recipient. Chapter 5 argues that practices that take place within the sperm bank’s facilities and laboratories can helpfully be analyzed as technologies of assurance (quebao) as sperm banks manage heredity and purity as matters of transmission while also encouraging cultivation practices aimed at procuring a lively stock of sperm for distribution to fertility centers throughout China.

Keywords:   quality assurance, transmission, audit, liveliness

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