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  • Judge rules that Kansan who provided sperm to lesbian couple owes child support

    01/23/2014 6:05:28 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 153 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 22 | Associated Press
    <p>Topeka resident William Marotta had argued that he had waived his parental rights and didn’t intend to be a father.</p> <p>Shawnee County District Judge Mary Mattivi rejected that claim, saying the parties didn’t involve a licensed physician. “The parties failed to perform to statutory requirement of the Kansas Parentage Act in not enlisting a licensed physician in the artificial insemination process, and the parties’ self-designation of (Marotta) as a sperm donor is insufficient to relieve (Marotta) of parental right and responsibilities to the child,” Mattivi wrote.</p>
  • Sperm, Craigslist, Lesbians and Welfare: What Could Go Wrong?

    01/24/2014 4:50:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2014 | John Ransom
    There is so much wrong with the following story that like other great art that imitates life, I think I’ll let the story mostly speak for itself…and many of the ills of society in general. So, stop me if you heard this one…. Two lesbians put up an ad on Craigslist looking for a sperm donor. This is not in dispute. They put up an ad on Craigslist looking for sperm, like sperm are a couch or a T.V. or those old worthless beanie babies your haggard aunt collected. In response to the ad, one William Marotta, who apparently...
  • Kansas court says sperm donor must pay child support

    01/24/2014 5:09:44 PM PST · by kingattax · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | January 24, 2014 | Chandrika Narayan
    A Kansas sperm donor caught in the middle of a child support case says he wanted to help a lesbian couple when he made the donation nearly five years ago. Instead, he may end up paying for his action. A judge ruled that William Marotta must pay child support, even though he says he signed documents waiving his parental rights. Shawnee County District Court Judge Mary Mattivi said on Wednesday that Marotta failed to conform to Kansas law, which says a licensed physician must be involved in an artificial insemination process, court documents show. Sperm donor liable for child support...
  • DNA test reveals felon is true father of Utah woman after secret insemination sperm swap

    01/12/2014 5:43:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/11/14 | Nina Golgowski
    **SNIP** Lippert, who had been convicted in a high-profile kidnapping in 1975, worked at the clinic part-time from 1988 to 1993, the University of Utah confirms. In his kidnapping case, reported by People magazine in 1975, Lippert abducted a 21-year-old female student at Purdue University whom he attempted to "brainwash" into falling in love with him through electric-shock therapy. The surprised mother told KUTV that she didn't know his criminal history until now. But she says she does remember him as being at the clinic when she visited, specifically in the front desk area.
  • So America IS Trading with Iran ... US Sent Nearly $2M Worth of Bull Semen to Muslim State Last Year

    12/01/2013 1:52:28 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 29 November 2013 | Ashley Collman
    So America IS trading with Iran ... US sent nearly $2m worth of bull semen to Muslim state last year Strict trade sanctions have been in place between the U.S. and Iran since the Carter administration Bovine sperm side-steps the usual sanctions since it qualifies as humanitarian aid Iran has made it a goal to become self-sufficient in meat production by the year 2016 Altogether the U.S. sent $45.7million in humanitarian aid to Iran last April. While the number seems like a lot, it's nothing compared to the $26.2billion sent to our biggest trading partner - Canada. Bovine sperm side-steps...
  • Mother forces 14-year-old to conceive via donor sperm

    04/29/2013 7:06:02 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 14 replies
    The Times of India ^ | April 30, 2013 | The Times of India
    LONDON: A woman desperate for another child forced her 14-year-old daughter to get pregnant using syringes of donor sperm, a British judge said. In a ruling reported for the first time on Monday, high court judge Peter Jackson said the mother had behaved in "a wicked and selfish way" that almost defied belief. The judge said the woman, an American divorcee living in Britain with three adopted children, hatched the plan after she was prevented from adopting a fourth. The scheme involved getting her oldest daughter to inseminate herself with syringes of sperm purchased over the internet from a Denmark-based...
  • Researcher: Men in kilts swing free, have happier sperm

    04/26/2013 8:41:08 PM PDT · by oxcart · 110 replies
    bodyodd.nbcnews.com ^ | April 26, 2013 | Brian Alexander
    You might credit the legendary Scottish male virility of past time to single malt whiskey, or the sometimes brutal weather, or the fact that haggis is the national dish, but a Dutch researcher is proposing another answer: It was the kilts. Kilts, worn as they were meant to be worn, without underwear, lets our laddies swing freely in the breeze, creating, according to researcher Erwin Kompanje, the “ideal physiological scrotal environment.” Exposed to the bracing Highland coolness, testicles will make robust sperm. The modern man’s “scrotal environment” is pretty confined these days, what with underwear and pants that hold our...
  • Kansas sperm donor ordered to pay child support prepares for battle

    12/31/2012 8:39:51 AM PST · by redreno · 70 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/31/2012 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    A Kansas sperm donor who was ordered to pay child support for the baby he helped a lesbian couple conceive plans to fight back in court, and suggested he might be a victim of bias against same-sex parenting. William Marotta told FoxNews.com he might never have agreed to provide sperm to Angela Bauer and her former partner, Jennifer Schreiner, had he known the legal morass that awaited him after responding to the women’s Craigslist ad for a donor in March 2009. The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) recently filed a child support claim against Marotta after the couple...
  • French men not producing as much sperm

    12/05/2012 9:26:16 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed, Dec 05 07:32 AM EST | Andrew M. Seaman
    When it comes to sperm counts, French men aren't what they used to be, according to a new study. Researchers found that between 1989 and 2005, the number of sperm in one milliliter of the average 35-year-old Frenchman's semen fell from about 74 million to about 50 million - a decrease of roughly 32 percent. "That's certainly within the normal range, but if you think about it, if there continues to be a decrease, we would expect that we'll get into that infertile range," said Grace Centola, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology in Birmingham, Alabama. And...
  • Pregnancy From Sperm Frozen 40 Years Ago Highlights Problems With IVF (with a twist)

    09/03/2012 3:33:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Life News ^ | September 3, 2012 | Wesley J. Smith
    Good grief: A sperm bank is bragging that it set the record of having children born with 40 year-old sperm. From the press release, headlined “World Record Shattered:” Late in August, twin girls were born to a couple who used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to achieve pregnancy. On the surface, this may look like just another of the increasingly common success stories for the IVF industry. But this story has its own unique twist that makes it different from every other IVF pregnancy—the sperm used to fertilize the egg was frozen over 40 years ago, shattering the existing record of...
  • Men fear women in Zimbabwe after spate of rapes to harvest their sperm

    03/23/2012 7:25:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 3+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/23/2012
    Gangs of beautiful women in Zimbabwe have been picking up male hitchhikers to have sexual intercourse and harvest their sperm for use in traditional luck-enhancing 'juju' rituals, according to local media reports. Local woman, Susan Dhliwayo, claims she pulled her car over recently to pick up a group of male hitchhikers and they refused to get in, because they feared they were going to be raped. 'Now, men fear women. They said: 'We can't go with you because we don't trust you',' Ms Dhliwayo, 19, said. According to reports, victims of the freeway femme fatales are drugged or subdued at...
  • Human sperm to be zapped using ultrasound

    02/02/2012 8:50:33 AM PST · by usalady · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | February 2, 2012 | Martha
    The latest research into a way to destroy human sperm has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that could provide men effective contraception for six months.
  • California Man.. Sperm Donations.. 14 Kids .. Feds order him to 'Zip it....'

    12/19/2011 4:08:05 PM PST · by cakid1 · 39 replies · 1+ views
    cbs47 ^ | 12-19-11 | cakid1
    California Man.. Sperm Donations.. 14 Kids .. Feds order him to 'Zip it...' He's a one man sperm bank.. And the Feds want him to stop. 36-year old Trent Arsenault lives in Northern California. So far he's "fathered" 14 kids and has four more on the way. But now.. the FDA wants him to stop. They've ordered him to 'shut it down.' Arsenault says he's fighting the order - but he could face a $100,000 fine. " Trent Arsenault connects with local couples on his website, trentdonor.org.
  • 'I'm the daddy... to SEVENTY children!' The moment sperm donor confessed to his stunned fiancée

    09/30/2011 1:35:15 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 43 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | Sept. 29, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A lawyer who donated sperm to pay his way through college has learned that he has fathered an astonishing 70 children. More than 15 of those have already attempted to contact 33-year-old Ben Seisler. The donor confessed to his fiancée as part of a new reality show, Sperm Donor, that aired on the Style Network on Tuesday. Seisler donated sperm for three years while attending law school at George Mason, Virginia. He earned around $150 per donation.
  • Loss of Insulin-Producing Cells in Diabetics Might Be Reversed With Sperm Precursor Cells

    12/20/2010 9:56:03 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies
    Mark Pine Blog ^ | December 17, 2010
    Remarkable research pointing to a potential new treatment for diabetes was announced this week at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Scientists succeeded in transforming spermatogonal stem cells, early precursors of sperm cells, into insulin-secreting cells. It is likely that the work represents significant progress in accomplishing the Holy Grail of diabetes research, the replacement of insulin-secreting cells lost to the disease.In type I diabetes, the early onset form of the disease that often occurs in young children, cells of the pancreas called islet cells or beta cells, which normally secrete insulin, are lost due to autoimmunity. The...
  • Laptop use on laps might reduce sperm quality: report

    11/08/2010 12:32:05 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 18 replies
    reuters ^ | Nov 7, 2010
    Using a laptop computer as the name suggests may not be good for male reproductive health, according to a study. And there is little that can be done about it, aside from using the laptop on a desk, said Yelim Sheynkin, a urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook who led the study published in Fertility and Sterility. In the study, thermometers were used to measure the temperature of the scrotums of 29 young men balancing a laptop on their knees. Even with a lap pad under the computer, the men's scrotums overheated quickly.
  • Sperm' widow in mistress twist

    10/18/2010 4:06:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | October 17, 2010 | ERIN CALABRESE, LUCY KINDER & CANDICE M. GIOVE
    This was no ordinary love triangle. A grieving Manhattan widow who won a court order preserving her husband's sperm named his girlfriend to be the surrogate mother of his child, sources told The Post yesterday. George Kamau, 37, killed himself Monday in the Norwalk, Conn., home of Etaghua Asefa, 35, who identified herself to cops as the dead man's girlfriend, the sources said. In court papers filed in Manhattan, Kamau's wife, Victoria Chege, named Asefa as the "family friend and appointed surrogate" mother who would receive sperm harvested from her late husband's corpse.
  • Illegal sperm company pair found guilty

    09/18/2010 8:03:56 AM PDT · by tlb · 25 replies
    Metro ^ | 18th September, 2010 | staff
    Two men have been found guilty of running an internet company that illegally provided sperm from anonymous donors. Ricky Gage, 49, and Nigel Woodforth, 43, were both convicted on three counts under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. They operated the company from the basement of Mr Woodforth's home in Reading, Berkshire, introducing donors to women who were trying to conceive. Nearly 800 deliveries were found to have been completed by the illegal firm, which provided the two men with earnings of Ł250,000. Speaking at Southwark Crown Court, judge Deborah Taylor warned Mr Gage and Mr Woodforth that she...
  • Searches for biological fathers don't always have Hollywood endings

    08/02/2010 7:04:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | July 31, 2010 | Emily Fuggetta
    Devon knows her father is a thin man with hazel eyes and wavy brown hair -- but she may never know his name. A 20-year-old New York University student, Devon was conceived with sperm from the Milton S. Hershey Clinic at Penn State University through artificial insemination. After graduating from high school, she found a piece of paper in her parents' room with general information on her donor but nothing she could use to identify him. Devon, who asked that her last name not be used, said she isn't searching for her father with any urgency, but in her late...
  • Sperm in all animals originated 600 mil. years ago

    07/16/2010 6:19:00 PM PDT · by swatbuznik · 51 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 15, 2010 | Live Science Staff
    A gene responsible for sperm production is so vital that its function has remained unaltered throughout evolution and is found in almost all animals, according to a new study. The results suggest the ability to produce sperm originated 600 million years ago.
  • U.S. Sperm Bank Donations Rise in Recession

    05/08/2010 1:51:37 PM PDT · by NCjim · 34 replies · 876+ views
    Daily Finance ^ | May 6, 2010 | BETSY SCHIFFMAN
    With college tuition and fees up more than 440% over the past 25 years, according to the Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, it's not surprising that students are trying to make a buck any way they can. But jobs are harder to come by in the economic downturn, and that has had a peculiar side effect: In the U.S., more young men are turning to sperm donation as a part-time job. It's the reverse of trends in the U.K. and Australia, which are seeing sperm shortages, largely as a result of laws that give children the right to...
  • Sperm Recognize "Brothers," Team Up for Speed

    04/24/2010 10:03:41 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 756+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | April 21, 2010 | Christine Dell'Amore
    In promiscuous mouse species, sperm team up with their closest kin to give themselves an edge in the dash for the egg, a new study finds. Once inside a female, sperm cells can discern and—via structures on their heads—literally hook up with their brethren amid the crush of sperm from other males. (Related: "How a Man Produces 1,500 Sperm a Second.") The cells can then draft, Lance Armstrong-style, moving faster than they could alone thanks to more "engine" power from the cluster, said study co-author Heidi Fisher, an evolutionary geneticist at Harvard University's Hoekstra Laboratory. "It's really amazing that this...
  • Sperm created to glow in the dark

    03/18/2010 6:46:37 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 38 replies · 692+ views
    bbc ^ | 18 March 2010 | Matt McGrath
    Researchers in the US have genetically engineered fruit flies so that their sperm glows in the dark. The scientists from Syracuse University say that by making the fly's sperm glow green or red they can learn more about the battle to fertilise eggs. Scientists regard this type of sexual selection as a very important force for evolutionary change. The glow allows researchers to observe in striking detail what happens to live sperm in the female after copulation. 'Knocked us out' In nature, monogamy is often the exception, promiscuity usually the rule. But whenever a female of any species mates with...
  • Sperm wars

    02/14/2010 2:44:39 AM PST · by ImperialistDaddy · 33 replies · 751+ views
    2200 Degrees: Conservative Commentary ^ | 2/14/10 | Douglas Gross
    Sperm cells have the consciousness of mind to make the journey to be born. When the sperm of two males is injected into the same female, they battle against each other to be born. The intelligence of sperm is displayed by their ability to somewhat sense the movements of the sperm of another male and they will even sacrifice themselves to ensure that the sperm cells of the male they came from make it into the female to be born over the sperm of another male.
  • Intense males have the best sperm

    01/25/2010 8:40:45 PM PST · by Controlling Legal Authority · 53 replies · 1,286+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 23 January 2010
    FLASHY males have superior sperm - at least in the bird world. A study of wild great tits suggests that sexual ornamentation, in this case vibrant plumage, may reliably signal the quality of a male's sperm.
  • Why Females Live Longer Than Males: Is It Due to the Father's Sperm?

    12/04/2009 11:17:32 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 10 replies · 570+ views
    sciencedaily ^ | Dec. 2, 2009
    Researchers in Japan have found that female mice produced by using genetic material from two mothers but no father live significantly longer than mice with the normal mix of maternal and paternal genes. Their findings provide the first evidence that sperm genes may have a detrimental effect on lifespan in mammals. The research, which is published online (Wednesday 2 December) in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction, found that mice created from two female genomes (bi-maternal (BM) mice) lived an average of 186 days longer than control mice created from the normal combination of a male and female genome....
  • Viking invasion as British couples turn to Danish men to help them conceive

    09/24/2009 2:40:15 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 16 replies · 1,411+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 24th September 2009 | Daily Mail
    Couples struggling to have a baby in the UK are turning to Danish sperm donors, after the removal of anonymity halved the number of British contributors. The world's largest sperm bank, Cryos Denmark, has targeted IVF clinics in Britain where top quality sperm can be sold for as much as Ł1,000. The company has 50 non-anonymous donors whose sperm has been frozen and will be ready for shipping over the next few months. A spokesman said Danish men would be ideal donors because they share genetic heritage due to three centuries of Viking raids and settlements along the east coast...
  • Sperm Travels Faster Toward Attractive Females

    08/13/2009 5:27:09 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 33 replies · 1,980+ views
    discovery ^ | Jennifer Viegas
    Females may be outwardly choosy when selecting sexual partners -- accepting or shunning mates in very public ways -- but males may get the last say in this battle of the sexes. New research found that males can adjust the speed and effectiveness of their sperm by allocating more or less seminal fluid to copulations. The determining factor is whether the male finds the female attractive. The study, conducted on red junglefowl, a director ancestor of chickens, adds to the growing body of evidence that males throughout many promiscuous species in the animal kingdom, including humans, can mate with many...
  • Study: Ugly Men More Fertile, Produce More Sperm During Sex

    07/10/2009 9:43:39 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 73 replies · 10,549+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 7/10/2009 | Staff
    Women wanting to get pregnant should find themselves an ugly man, new research suggests. Scientists have found attractive males produce less sperm during sex. Researchers think good-looking males are biologically geared to hold back their sperm in each encounter to increase their chance of impregnating more females. But unattractive males know they are not going to bed so many females — so when they do get lucky they give it all they've got.
  • British scientists claim to create human sperm

    07/09/2009 12:41:19 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies · 751+ views
    news.yahoo ^ | Jul 9
    LONDON – British scientists claimed Wednesday to have created human sperm from embryonic stem cells for the first time, an accomplishment they say may someday help infertile men father children. The technique could in 10 years allow researchers to use the basic knowledge of how sperm develop to design treatments to enable infertile men the chance to have biological children, said lead researcher Karim Nayernia, of Newcastle University, whose team earlier produced baby mice from sperm derived in a similar way.
  • Benefits denied to girl conceived with dead father's sperm

    06/20/2009 4:56:55 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 843+ views
    latimes ^ | June 18, 2009 | Nicole Santa Cruz
    A U.S. appeals court says the Los Angeles 10-year-old is not entitled to Social Security survivor payments because of California inheritance law and lack of evidence the father gave consent. A 10-year-old Los Angeles girl conceived with her dead father's frozen sperm is not entitled to his Social Security benefits, a federal appeals court panel has ruled. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a lower-court ruling that the child, Brandalynn Vernoff, was ineligible for the federal survivor payments under California law, which considers factors in addition to biology in determining inheritance rights. Brandalynn's father, Bruce Vernoff,...
  • Giant Sperm Is Ancient Evolutionary Tool, Study Finds

    06/19/2009 2:56:39 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 1,197+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | June 18, 2009 | Kate Ravilious
    Size does matter, at least for the seed shrimp. The tiny creatures' giant sperm are an evolutionary strategy that stretches back at least a hundred million years, scientists discovered in a new study. The giant sperm can be up to ten times the animals' body lengths. By comparison an average sperm from a man is around 0.002 inch (0.05 millimeter) long, less than a thirty-thousandth of his height. To find out whether giant sperm is an ancient adaptation, researchers x-rayed the innards of five well-preserved seed shrimp, or ostracods, from hundred-million-year-old sediment from Brazil. Although the giant sperm had rotted...
  • Denmark: Business Booms at World's Biggest Sperm Bank (No TARP Bailout Needed)

    05/15/2009 9:08:40 AM PDT · by GOPGuide · 2 replies · 506+ views
    Physorg ^ | May 15th, 2009 | Physorg
    Business is booming for the world's biggest sperm bank, Denmark's Cryos, which is struggling to meet demand despite a soaring number of donors and new offices opening around the world. At Cryos headquarters in Denmark's second-biggest city Aarhus, chief executive Ole Schou smiles broadly, sitting at his desk adorned with pictures of cheerful babies as he speaks of the company's unexpected success. Two years ago, he was ready to shut down the business, or at least move it abroad, because of a Danish tax authority proposal that would have required donors to declare income from their donations, thereby putting their...
  • Short on cash, some sell own body products

    12/05/2008 10:52:35 AM PST · by Publius804 · 22 replies · 972+ views
    www.msnbc.msn.com ^ | Dec. 5, 2008 | JoNel Aleccia
    Short on cash, some put a price on themselves Lean times spurs interest in payment for sperm, eggs, plasma — even hair By JoNel Aleccia Fri., Dec. 5, 2008 Before this fall, it might not have occurred to Michael Aylesworth to swap his sperm for money. But faced with rising bills, a dwindling budget and a fractured economy, the 30-year-old Seattle man took stock of some very personal assets — and decided to sell. “I did it because I’m a student and I’m always broke,” said Aylesworth, who spent several delicate minutes in a small room at the Seattle Sperm...
  • If Obama was Blue Eyed/Blonde

    10/28/2008 2:45:23 AM PDT · by Global2010 · 4 replies · 1,348+ views
    10-24-08
    I wonder if Barry's Mom had concieved her child one week earlier. A blonde hair/blue eyed child. What would Barry thrive for now as a politician. Change? Peta? Or a great National Fotball team? Cricket? Perhaps and Tea at Noon. How would his absent Fathers genes come into play? Interesting thought. I asked my son. What if your father was a black man... You are with a Mom who cares and loves you/Dad absent (German/me Swede)and you are severely disabled a quad. Yet you have this Charisma and social ability that is overwhelming at times with your political insight and...
  • Soldier's Widow Wants Husband's Sperm

    04/05/2008 9:21:47 PM PDT · by BGHater · 23 replies · 94+ views
    AP ^ | 05 Apr 2008 | AP
    The widow of a soldier killed in Iraq this week wants to harvest her husband's sperm before he's embalmed. He was stationed at Fort Benning. Yesterday his wife filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and an injunction to stop her deceased husband's remains from being altered until his sperm can be reserved. A judge signed that order Friday. The soldier's wife claims they planned to start a family once he came home. His sperm will be extracted within 72 hours, but the medical representative will retain custody until it is determined who has legal rights to the sperm.
  • MPs back artificial sperm for childless[UK]

    03/09/2008 9:38:38 AM PDT · by BGHater · 16 replies · 475+ views
    The Observer ^ | 09 Mar 2008 | Gaby Hinsliff
    · Law change could help cancer victims · embryo bill fuels impassioned debate Mps are planning a change in the law to allow babies to be conceived from artificial sperm, a move described by opponents as playing God with human DNA. A furious debate is building over how far to leave the door open to its use in IVF treatment, ahead of a Commons vote due shortly on the government's Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill. The legislation currently allows ...#8239;so-called artificial gametes in research, but imposes a blanket ban on their use in creating a human pregnancy. The technique involves...
  • Sperm Donor Pays Maintenance To Lesbians

    12/03/2007 10:10:13 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 98+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-3-2007 | Graham Tibbetts
    Sperm donor pays maintenance to lesbians By Graham Tibbetts Last Updated: 8:42pm GMT 03/12/2007 A sperm donor who helped a lesbian couple have two children is now being forced to pay thousands of pounds for their upbringing, he said. Andy Bathie, 37, agreed to assist Sharon and Terri Arnold - who were united in a religious blessing ceremony - after they assured him he would have no involvement in raising the boy and girl. Andy Bathie: Legal challenge But after the couple split up he was tracked down by the Child Support Agency and forced to make regular maintenance payments....
  • Sperm donor, 72, to father his own grandchild

    10/06/2007 5:53:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 115 replies · 1,491+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | October 5, 2007 | FIONA MACRAE
    A man of 72 is to donate sperm to try to father his own 'grandchild'. He has been cleared to provide the sperm to his daughter-in-law to allow her to become a mother. Any baby born will be its grandfather's genetic child and a halfbrother or half-sister to the man it takes to be its father. What do you think about the case? Join the debate The case - believed to be the first of its kind in the UK - raises ethical questions about how well the child will cope with such unusual family circumstances. The Harley Street doctors...
  • Parents may be forced to tell the truth on children conceived from donors

    07/31/2007 5:41:11 PM PDT · by DancesWithCats · 1 replies · 163+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | july 31, 2007 | DancesWithCats
    Parents who conceal the fact that a child was conceived from donor sperm or eggs could face jail under rules proposed today. The information should be declared on birth certificates to ensure children learn the truth about their creation, says a powerful committee of MPs and peers. In a report which touches on a highly-sensitive ethical issue, they argue that it would give parents "the incentive to inform their child" at the time and in the manner of their own choosing. But because it is an offence to give false information on a birth certificate, anyone who refused could be...
  • Study finds smoking may damage your sperm (DNA germline mutations..)

    06/02/2007 2:14:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 627+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/2/07 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Here's one more reason not to smoke -- smoking may damage sperm, passing along genetic damage to a man's children, Canadian researchers report. A study in mice shows that cigarette smoke caused changes in the DNA of sperm cells, the researchers said in this week's issue of the journal Cancer Research. Such mutations, know as germline mutations, are known to be permanent. "If inherited, these mutations persist as irreversible changes in the genetic composition of offspring," said Carole Yauk of Health Canada's Environmental and Occupational Toxicology Division, who led the study. "We have known that mothers who...
  • Women may be able to grow own sperm

    04/15/2007 2:24:38 PM PDT · by MoochPooch · 75 replies · 1,318+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | April 14, 2007 | Roger Highfield
    Women could one day grow their own sperm, says a scientist who today claims to have turned bone marrow into early-stage sperm cells. Click to enlarge His team is now studying how to grow fully fledged sperm from bone marrow as a means to restore fertility in young men who have undergone cancer treatments. It could be five years before trials start. Prof Karim Nayernia and his colleagues have completed similar experiments with female mice. Within a few months, they expect to see if the method can be extended so that early-stage sperm can in principle be made from women,...
  • Eating Beef Could Threaten Sons' Fertility

    03/27/2007 8:55:28 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 628+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-28-2007 | REoger Highfield
    Eating beef could threaten sons' fertility By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 1:37am BST 28/03/2007 The sons of women who regularly ate beef during pregnancy are more likely to have low sperm counts, a report claims today. The American researchers suggest the growth promoters used in cattle may be responsible. It has been known for more than 10 years that sperm counts had been falling in the western world, with scientists at Copenhagen University pointing to exposure to pesticides and industrial chemicals. The principle suspects included "gender-bender" chemicals that act like human sex hormones. The latest study - of...
  • Lawsuit: clinic used wrong sperm

    03/22/2007 4:00:39 PM PDT · by HarmlessLovableFuzzball · 23 replies · 548+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wed Mar 21, 11:43 PM ET | AMUEL MAULL
    NEW YORK - A couple can proceed with a lawsuit against a fertility clinic they filed after the wife gave birth to a daughter whose skin they thought was too dark to be their child, a judge has ruled. ADVERTISEMENT Thomas and Nancy Andrews, of Commack, N.Y., sued New York Medical Services for Reproductive Medicine, accusing the Manhattan clinic of medical malpractice and other offenses. They claim the Park Avenue clinic used another man's sperm to inseminate Nancy Andrews' eggs. Three DNA tests — a home kit and two professional laboratory tests — confirmed that Thomas Andrews was not the...
  • Soldier fathers child two years after dying in Iraq

    03/21/2007 12:20:15 PM PDT · by HungarianGypsy · 47 replies · 1,094+ views
    CNN ^ | March 21, 2007 | Keith Oppenheim
    AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- Sometimes, when I sit down for an interview, there's a certain formality. I'm in one chair. The person I'm speaking to is in another. Not on this story. In a living room in Austin, Texas, I was on the floor. The subject of our story was grabbing my face, fascinated with my teeth and whatever else caught his attention. Yet it seemed appropriate. Benton Smith is an adorable, 8-month-old boy on the verge of walking. For one so young, he seemed typical when it came to exploring something new -- like my mouth. "Maybe he wants...
  • Sperm donor father meets his six offspring

    02/16/2007 6:43:00 AM PST · by NYer · 94 replies · 3,369+ views
    Times Online ^ | February 15, 2007 | Devika Bhat
    As family reunions go, it is sure to rank among the less conventional. Six teenagers across America conceived from the same sperm donor have finally met their biological father after he decided to reveal his identity. Jeffrey Harrison, whose offerings once ranked among California Cryobank’s most sought-after specimens, made himself known after reading a newspaper article about two teenage girls who had found out they had both been conceived with sperm from “Donor 150” – and wanted to get in touch with the man in question. With a profile billing him as a blue-eyed, 6-feet-tall lover of philosophy, music and...
  • not fatherless by choice (how it feels to be the offspring of a sperm donor)

    12/22/2006 12:22:14 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 684+ views
    Off the Record ^ | December 18, 2006 | Diogenes
    In a remarkable op-ed appearing in the Washington Post, a young woman named Katrina Clark explains what it's like to know that you are the child of an anonymous sperm donor. It's not fun. The essay could be Exhibit A in any argument about the morality of artificially assisted human reproduction. The child of a loveless, sterile union between gametes speaks with authority when she reminds us that nobody asked for her opinion on the circumstances of her birth. Her mother (whom she still admires) got the baby she wanted. But the baby didn't get a father she could know....
  • Mobile phones wreaking havoc with sperm

    10/24/2006 10:54:22 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 54 replies · 784+ views
    ninemsn ^ | 10/24/2006
    Mobile phones are a serious hazard for sperm, according to a new US study which shows fertility plummets in men who use their mobiles a lot. The study, released at a medical conference in New Orleans this week, demonstrated a clear connection between hours spent chatting on a mobile and sparse and lazy sperm. Men who used mobile phones for more than four hours a day were found to have 25 percent lower sperm count than men who never used a mobile. The sperm quality was also poorer in those who frequently used mobiles, with the sperm swimming ability —...
  • The Great Prevaricator

    09/30/2006 3:03:14 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 30 replies · 1,219+ views
    PatriotPost.com/US ^ | PatriotPost.com/US
    Each of you has undoubtedly seen the clips of Bill Clinton bushwhacking Chris Wallace in a Fox News interview last Sunday. Claiming that his interlocutor was doing “the bidding of the right wing,” Clinton lectured Wallace with the same finger-wagging intensity he unleashed on the American people back in 1998. Clinton’s now-famous Lewinsky lie makes for an instructive comparison because it reminds us that this man, this former U.S. president, is a peerless prevaricator. “Clinton’s an unusually good liar,” said former Democrat Senator and Medal of Honor recipient Bob Kerrey. “Unusually good.” Indeed. Even the New York Times once lamented...
  • Older fathers 'raise autism risk'

    09/05/2006 7:13:51 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 44 replies · 1,692+ views
    BBC ^ | 9/4/6
    Children with older fathers have a significantly increased risk of having autism, a study has concluded. The UK and US researchers examined data on 132,271 children and said those born to men over 40 were six times more at risk than those born to men under 30. They said the study in Archives of General Psychiatry was further proof men also had "biological clocks". One UK expert said the study could be important in understanding the genetic mechanisms underlying autism. Autism and related conditions, known as autism spectrum disorders, have become increasingly common, affecting 50 in every 10,000 children as...