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There's Now a Tinder of Sperm Donors

Gone are the days of flipping through binders of donor profiles

(Newser) - Sperm banks are keeping up with the times, and it's driving some people crazy. Back in the old days (say, the dark ages of the 1990s), those on the hunt for the perfect sperm donor had the time-sucking task of flipping through binders of prospective donors to weed out... More »

'Genius' Sperm Donor, Who's Schizophrenic, Turns Self In

Christian Aggeles, who looked good on paper, has fathered more than 36 children worldwide

(Newser) - How often are sperm donors vetted, and how often do they get away with enhancing their positive traits? It's a question at the heart of ongoing lawsuits involving James Christian (Chris) Aggeles, who donated his sperm to Georgia-based Xytex Corp. years ago and fathered 36 children between 2000 and... More »

Woman Sues Sperm Bank Over Biracial Baby...Again

She wants more than $150K for being given sperm from a black man

(Newser) - A white Ohio woman mistakenly provided with sperm from a black man is suing the sperm bank she says is responsible…again. Reuters reports Jennifer Cramblett filed the new lawsuit in federal court on Friday. It claims the Midwest Sperm Bank committed negligence, fraud, and misconduct when it provided her... More »

Sperm Bank's 'Perfect Donor' Was Mentally Ill, Fathered 36 Kids

At least 3 families are suing firm that didn't check his background

(Newser) - A man billed as a "perfect donor" by a sperm bank turned out to be a mentally ill felon whose lies on his donor application weren't uncovered for more than a decade, according to families who are now terrified for their children's futures. On its website, Georgia-based... More »

What Women Really Want— at Least in a Sperm Donor

Women tend to go for smart, shy, calm men when choosing biological dad

(Newser) - What women really want in a man could be vastly different depending on the scenario—i.e., lustful attraction at a bar versus calculated decision-making at a sperm bank. So a team of economists at Queensland University of Technology set out to examine sperm donor preferences among women online and... More »

Inside the Sperm 'Factory' That's Supplying the World

27K babies have been born with sperm from Cryos International

(Newser) - Ole Schou is the man in charge of "a kind of factory" where "volume and quality is important" and exports make up 96% of the business. But unlike most factories, his doesn't fabricate anything. At Cryos International, some 1,000 donors are paid $15 to $76 for... More »

Woman Loses Lawsuit Over Sperm Bank's Race Mixup

She gave birth to mixed-race daughter after requesting a white donor

(Newser) - A woman who gave birth to a mixed-race daughter after accidentally receiving a sperm donation from a black man saw her lawsuit tossed out this week, the Chicago Tribune reports. Jennifer Cramblett sued Midwest Sperm Bank last year alleging a clerical error resulted in her and her partner Amanda Zinkon... More »

At UK's National Sperm Bank, Choose Between 9 Donors

Choices are, um, limited

(Newser) - Fast-forward 18 years and it shouldn't be too hard for children born out of Britain's national sperm bank to identity their biological father. The year-old sperm bank, created to address a major sperm shortage in the UK, has just nine registered donors with the first samples set to... More »

Man Sues After Ex Uses His Sperm to Get Pregnant

Layne Hardin says contract stated his sperm would go to another

(Newser) - Layne Hardin says his frozen sperm was always to go to Kathy LeBlanc. The pair had one child together, and in case they wanted a second, Hardin stored his sperm at a Houston fertility clinic in 2002, when the couple were domestic partners, before getting a vasectomy, reports ABC News... More »

White Woman Given Sperm From Black Donor Sues

Mix-up making life hard in 'intolerant' town, she says

(Newser) - A lawsuit from a white woman in Ohio says that while she and her white partner love their "beautiful, obviously mixed-race baby girl," they definitely didn't order sperm from a black donor and the mix-up is making life tough in their "racially intolerant" all-white town. Jennifer... More »

Louisiana Man Sues Clinic, Says Ex Stole Sperm

He might owe child support as a result

(Newser) - In a bizarre lawsuit, a Louisiana man claims a vengeful ex-girlfriend duped a sperm bank into handing over his specimens, which she then turned into a bouncing baby boy. Louisiana's Layne Hardin is suing the fertility clinic over an "utter lack of safeguards and protections," along with... More »

Sperm Bank Turns Away Carrot Tops

'Too many redheads in relation to demand': bank director

(Newser) - Redheaded men seeking a quick $500 best not turn to the Cryos sperm bank: It's full-up with carrot top donors and is turning them away. "There are too many redheads in relation to demand," director Ole Schou tells the Telegraph . Only women who have an infertile redhead... More »

Sperm Donor With Deadly Defect Fathers 24 Kids

Anonymity rules need to change, advocates say

(Newser) - A teenager inherited a "ticking time bomb in his chest" from a sperm donor father who failed to inform sperm banks that he had a rare and often fatal genetic heart defect as well as the inherited condition Marfan's syndrome. The man fathered at least 24 children through... More »

The Perils of Free Sperm Donation

Some are altruistic, some just want sex—but all could cause problems later

(Newser) - Free sperm donors abound on the Internet, and they’re trying to help those who can’t have a baby the traditional way—or can’t afford the traditional sperm donation. They range from Trent, a 6’1” blond who says “a spirit of volunteering to the community” motivates... More »

Sperm Bank Offers Celeb Lookalikes

Calif. firm features donors who look like Ben Affleck, Seth Rogen

(Newser) - Having trouble narrowing down your choice of sperm donor? Perhaps it will help you to know—as it did one mom-to-be—that one option is a Freddie Prinze Jr lookalike. “For me, that clinched it right then and there,” she tells MSNBC. “I’ve always found him... More »

Identify Sperm Donors? Risks May Outweigh Benefits

Medical history often crucial to children, but repository could discourage donors

(Newser) - Mindful that genetic profiling helps diagnose disease, US fertility clinics are looking for a way to give donor-conceived children access to their fathers’ medical records—without imperiling the industry, writes Cheryl Miller in Reason. A US registry appears imminent, though transparency laws in Europe have resulted in a huge drop... More »

FDA Rules Block Import of Prized Danish Sperm

US running low on popular 'Viking' sperm, barred by Mad Cow safeguards

(Newser) - FDA rules banning European sperm imports are driving some would-be American mothers to desperation, the Washington Post reports. Sperm from Danish donors used to be a popular import. But regulations to safeguard the US from a human form of Mad Cow disease have shut down the supply and sperm banks... More »

Sperm Donors May Lose Anonymity

Kids' rights, health issues push clinics to look at national registry

(Newser) - The halcyon days of anonymous sperm donation may draw to a close, Newsweek reports, as children's rights and health issues prompt the country’s top three sperm banks to consider a national registry for sperm and egg donors. The list may allow recipients to learn about inherited health risks, and... More »

Autistic Kids Linked to Sperm Donor

Experts warn it's impossible to screen for autism genes

(Newser) - A New York professor who wanted to become a mother contacted a sperm bank and chose sperm from a donor with a high IQ. When her son turned out to be autistic, she contacted other mothers who used the same donor and discovered some of their kids were autistic as... More »

Sperm Donation Not 'Taxable Labor' for Danes

Sperm banks warned identity disclosure would kill the thriving exports

(Newser) - The Danish government has thought better of a plan to tax earnings from sperm donation just as it taxes any other job, Der Spiegel reports. The catch is that it would have required donors to disclose their identities, which sperm banks said would drive away 93% of their business. It... More »

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