Saturday, December 30, 2006

Maybe there is a job for me after all

Dith was nice enough to find me this nice job - or one of the Top 10 Worst Jobs in Science.

Semen Washer
It's a job that separates the boys from the men

OK, OK, their real job title is usually something like "cryobiologist" or "laboratory technician," but at sperm banks around the country, they are known as semen washers. "Every time I interview someone I make sure I ask them, 'Do you know you'll be working with semen?' " says Diana Schillinger, the Los Angeles lab manager at the country's largest sperm bank, California Cryobank. Let's start at the beginning. Laboriously prescreened "donors" emerge from a so-called collection room that is stocked with girlie mags and triple-X DVDs. They hand over their deposit, get their $75, and leave. The semen washers take the seminal goo and place a sample under the microscope for a sperm count. Next comes the washing. The techs spin the sample in a centrifuge to separate the "plasma" from the motile cells. Then they add a preservative, and it's off to the freezer, where it can stay for 20 years. Or not. Thanks to semen washers (and in vitro fertilization), more than 250,000 babies have been delivered in the U.S. since 1995.

I just wonder if it has a 401k or 403b plan. ...and Dental.


Anonymous said...

It could be far worse. At least its indoors and clean. Wouldn't it be fun at parties to tell people what you do?

Anonymous said...

My sister used to design penile implants for erectile dysfunction. That was really fun at parties!

Anonymous said...

I want Sue to come to our next party. Particularly if she brings her new big naked boys in a box toys.

rebecca said...

It's better than a fax machine secretary!