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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 22 2014 12:25 p.m. MST

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"U. physicians working to determine cause of mix-up at infertility lab"

Really? An assistant's sperm is used to fertilize eggs and they don't know the cause?

Somehow I think the real question is more of the "how many" variety!

Orem, UT

Looks like this make get expensive for the U. Apparently there were mix ups reported back in the 90s. Here is a court case resulting from an alleged mix-up.

Supreme Court of Utah.

David HARNICHER and Stephanie Harnicher, Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. UNIVERSITY OF UTAH MEDICAL CENTER, Defendant and Appellee.
No. 960204.
-- July 31, 1998

Provo, UT

When this lab had a crazed employee dedicated to artificial procreation of himself, it was a relatively simple thing for him to accomplish. The question in my mind is simply this: what kind of security did this lab not have that he got away with this on a grand scale?

The liability issue of this sort of situation is massive enough as it is. It is also complicated by genetic mental health issues as well.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

I'm curious what the state and federal government are going to do if its discovered that a married couple is biologically related close enough that it would have been prohibited had all parties known?

Sure brings added meaning to the terms "Brothers and Sisters" now doesn't it?

Bountiful, UT

This kind of crime shouldn't be possible to get away with today, assuming genetic testing is done on the intended father and the baby, and all male lab assistants as a condition of being hired.

Brigham City, UT

At this point in time, what, exactly, would a lawsuit accomplish in this scenario?

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


The same thing most lawsuits accomplish. Compensating a victim for injustices done to them by another party

Hyrum, UT

@ Chris B:

One of the primary purposes of lawsuits is also to help ensure that nothing like what happened will ever happen again. And in this case, the university has already taken the necessary precautions to make sure it won't and can't.
So lawsuit compensation won't change anything at this point.

BTW: The odds are ridiculously small of any married couple finding out they are closely related because of this case. Even to the point that it isn't even worth considering. As such, why would you even ask such a question?

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