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Published: Thursday, Jan. 9 2014 7:40 p.m. MST

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Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

I heard about a case like this. Someone had a fathered 120 children by being a sperm donor. The concern was that there were all these people who were half-siblings might meet, fall in love, marry and have children.

There should be some sort of a lab protocol to prevent this from happening. A requirement that only two people with identical keys can access the semen sample?

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

About 17 years ago, there were folks encouraging everyone to sign up for DNA clinics in order to introduce family research through DNA. I was involved with genealogy at the time, but I encouraged everyone I knew to avoid the testing, unless they were fully prepared for the possibility that there could be skeletons in the closet that they didn't want to learn about. I truly feel for this family. I hope they can deal with this new knowledge and that it does not cause long term problems in the family. I strongly frown upon this DNA approach on a widespread basis. And with gay marriage coming on strong, DNA-proven lineage will become increasingly messy, complex, and irrelevant. The slippery slope continues.

Sailor376
Oakland, MI

Wait a minute,,,, there is something a bit silly here. Are they going to send their daughter back? Do they suddenly not love her.. ? Victim.?

Okay,,, the couple HAD been trying,,, and as a result of failure,, they went to a fertility clinic. How many times did the clinic try with dad's sperm? Was his sperm motile under a microscope. Did he have any?

They wanted a child, they got one. laughing,,, and 20 plus years later you are gonna stop loving your daughter? You're gonna make such a stink that you were cheated that the daughter feels unloved and bereft? Gonna give her back to the doc's estate?

Come on.... what IS important? She is likely a lovely girl, raised by loving parents who enjoyed birth, diapers, formula, school crayons, cheer leading and swimming team.

So what ? It is. Accept. Enjoy. Who will do the greater harm? The dastardly doc, or the news media splash?

Think first. Of your daughter.

Trainman
Ivins, UT

To say that she is a well rounded person, and that she got the best genes is truly a joke. She did not get her intended father's genes. That is really the issue here. I hope these families all get together and put the fertility clinic out of business.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

This isn't the first time I've heard of this, I remember a doctor was in the news years ago for doing this.

Why not just tell families, the husband is incapable and give them a choice?

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"Because Lippert is deceased, there is no way to prove whether it was an accident or if Lippert intentionally used his own sample".

Okay, my imagination is not infinite, can the writer of this article or anyone else please explain how this could have been an accident?

J-TX
Allen, TX

Read, trainman. The clinic has been out of business for some time..

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Sailor,

Where is there any indication the family will stop loving their daughter?

Think first. Then comment.

ed737
North Salt Lake, UT

The blog made it clear that the reason they are bringing this to the public's attention is to be able to prevent half-siblings from engaging in romantic relationships, and to allow them to learn of their medical history. Concerns that show they want the very best for their daughter.

Martin Handcart Descendant
Azusa, CA

Why would anyone want to do this - sire 120 children??? If the father's sperm were not viable, then the parents should have been informed and given the opportunity to decide - not to have a lab tech with a criminal history just jump in with his own donation. Very sick! This is going to produce a real mess in the future when these children want to marry and have no idea whether they're in love with a cousin, half sibling, parent, child, or what. Everyone will have to not only undergo pre-marital blood tests, but DNA tests, too. The lab should be shut down for not preventing this from happening in the first place and for not keeping better records. Some people are going way too far with modern technology and should be locked up away from society.

Gail Fitches
Layton, UT

This was a very good article. I think because of this happening, it would be good idea for children who were conceived in a fertility clinic, be told, and that they may want to get DNA testing before getting married, to ensure they are not marrying a half brother or sister.

Tilka
PORTLAND, OR

This has likely been traumatic for the daughter. I hope she will be able to get counseling if needed. My heart goes out to her.

Samwise
Salt Lake City, UT

Sailor

Obviously they are not going to stop loving their daughter, as Chris B so nicely has said. Can you seriously not see why this would be troubling for them. Not only the parents, but especially the daughter. He parents will always be her parents, will always lover her, etc. She will always be their daughter. But she now knows that her biological father is some random guy she has never met, who is dead, and frankly probably was quite a weirdo. Like Chris B has said, Think first. Then comment.

PS Chris B, you should take your own advice when commenting on BYU articles. Given how smart you seem when it comes to politics and topics such as the one in this article, I find it interesting (and a little entertaining) how much you let your hatred of BYU affect you. But then the comments sections on BYU articles wouldn't be nearly as entertaining. On second thought, carry on.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

Art imitates Life I'd say. The latest Vince Vaughan Movie "Delivery Man" sort of addresses this issue in a comical manner. Do we choose our parents? That is a debatable premise. Is this young woman healthy? If so, whats the beef? Should she choose non-existance over life? I think not..

In the Movie, "Starbuck" is Vaughan's clinical name as he helps father some 550 children with his "seed" donations in the New York Area. The story had its genesis from an actual event. Physical existant is a gift IMHO. I hope she makes the most out walking the Earth and breathing the planets air for the next 80 years...

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

I have adopted many children. Met many of the parents and siblings. The Life Guard of the Gene Pool was off duty when a few of these parents got together. Several of them have grown up and we have had issues with some. Mental illness, learning disabilities and others things that came from the parents who also had these issues. My version of nature vs nurture has changed 180 degrees. I have kids who have never met biological parents or siblings that are almost identical to them. Mannerisms, quirks, speech patterns, facial expressions are often the same. To be honest it has been a bit scary in some aspects. Yet I have others that came from Asia and their biological parents were on the more normal side. Betting there is some resemblance and mirror what their parents were like.

So as much as I love them and would not trade them this mother has to deal with the ramifications of the "father" of this child. (good or bad) Yes they will love her but I know I would feel violated even though I would love the child and would raise her as if I were the actual father.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

First cold fusion and now this huh christina? Top flight college and research institution huh? Good grief...

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

We should pass laws that ban people convinced of felonies from having access to places where they could mess with children's DNA. This is especially true of people like this guy who clearly had been shown to be a nut with attachement issues.

Shazandra
Bakersfield, CA

@Sailor- This is wrong on many levels, but of course the family hopefully continues with the many positives in their lives... No one can mandate that either.

It is distressing for the couple that may never know a child of their own genetics. They have a right to redress on those issues alone.

We don't live in a perfect world, but we don't need to ignore abject injustice either. Prayers to all.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

christina do you think the multi million dollar settlement that the university of utah will have to eventually pay these people, and maybe many more people as well since I highly doubt this was a one time occurence, will come from the pac12 money or will it come from the general funds and the students and tax payers of the state will have to foot the bill?

The Final Word
Alpine, UT

Ewww!

Sailor376
Oakland, MI

Chris B,

Cute turn of a phrase. Mine is focused on the daughter, yours on me.

Unless the daughter is made of iron, she is, and has, been injured, and we all know who she is. All for the sake of some lines to lift the advertizing budget? Assuage the 'something' of the parents? Once known, say it once and quietly to the two involved, so the three will know.

It doesn't belong here.

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