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Inspired by: FP7 » “Children of Men” & the sperm banking crunch

version: 3 / updated: 2010-01-31
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Originally submitted by: Joe Ravetz
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 6 - Environment (including Climate Change)

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Environment and health

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“Children of Men” & the sperm banking crunch


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Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
Accumulation of endocrine-disruptors particularly in urban and automotive environments, brings forward the decline in male sperm counts to below the viable threshold. There are registered sperm banks and IVF procedures, but these are costly and available only to the wealthy. Other social groups are not happy about this existential threat and attempt a sabotage of private banks. This precipitates a crisis with individuals who feel that their future inheritance is at risk, and there is a backlash against fertility scientists and regulators.


sperm bank, IVF, children, sabotage, fertility, regulation, urban areas


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
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Type of event

Unplanned consequence of events/trends/situations (e.g. financial crisis, accidental breakthrough)

Type of emergence

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An extreme extension of a trend/development/situation
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Type of systems affected

Human-built Systems - E.g. organisations, processes, technologies, etc.




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Level 3: important for the European Union