Women who always wanted their child to have the killer rugged looks of Russell Crowe, the handsome face of Health Ledger or the persona of David Beckham can now make their dream true - thanks to the California Cryobank.
The bank claims to offer women a choice to select their celeb look-alike sperm donor.
AdvertisementThe sperm bank says its donor No 11942 bears a striking resemblance to Ledger, while the "blond-haired dreamboat" 11385 is a true copy of Beckham.
The donor look-a-like service has a list of over 100 celebrities and sports stars.
The Cryobank also says it has donors who look a lot like Ben Affleck, Hugh Grant and comedian Ben Stiller.
And two donors are also said to resemble Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.
Even stars of a bygone era, like Errol Flynn, have a look alike. However, prospective parents do not know the name or identity of the donor; they are not even allowed to see a picture of the donor as the same is not allowed under the US law. Only a brief description of the donor's height, build, hair and eye colour is disclosed.
Scott Brown, the spokesman for the centre, revealed that he and other staff see the pictures of their sperm donors on a big screen and decide which star he resembles the most.
The Daily Telegraph quoted the sperm bank website as saying: "Have you ever wondered if your favourite donor looks like anyone famous?
"You know how tall he is and his hair and eye colour, but wouldn't it be great to have an idea of what he really looks like?"
However, the centre also makes it clear that there is no guarantee that a child will look like a celeb even if the donor looks like one.
However, the website also makes it clear that "No celebrity is meant as an exact match for any donor, nor should you assume that your future children will look like any celebrity listed."
Scientists have slammed the idea of a 'celebrity baby bank'.Professor Bonnie Steinbeck from the University of Albany, New York said: "There's something strange about a culture that has stratified rigid types of beauty where everyone looks alike.
"Now they're trying to create children through who the actor of the moment is."
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