Blog Posts (6)
April 15, 2009
A federal court has ruled that a sperm bank can be held responsible for a poor genetic outcome as a result of conceiving a child with donor sperm, reports the WSJ Health Blog.…
April 13, 2009
It would appear that I am not the only one who thinks that Marissa Evans, Nikolas Colton Evans’ mother, should not have been able to harvest her son’s sperm to ensure that she can have a grandchild.…
April 9, 2009
Really, this isn’t an SNL skit, I promise.
A woman’s 21-year-old son dies in a Texas bar fight. The bereaved mom wants the son’s clearly virile and tenacious genes to live on in the next generation and fights to have his sperm collected and stored so that someone may carry his seed.…
October 8, 2008
I can hardly believe it myself–but yes, there are funded researchers who study whether Coca-Cola actually is an effective spermicide. But even more astonishing reports the LA Times is that America’s favorite carbonated beverage actually is an effective sperm immobilizer.…
September 28, 2007
Here are a few updates and extensions to recent posts on blog.bioethics.net:
Imported sperm shortage
After everyone seemed to have a good laugh about the ban on imports of donated Scandinavian sperm, Slate’s Explainer took up the question of whether donated sperm could transmit vCJD.…
September 20, 2007
The New York Post reported on Sunday that an FDA ban on imported sperm from 30 countries because of concerns about Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease has supplies of Scandinavian sperm at Cryos International’s NYC office running low (apparently Cryos is the place to go if you’re looking for blond hair and blue eyes).…
May 15, 2012 11:39 am
In households across the country, children conceived with donated sperm are struggling with serious genetic conditions inherited from men they have never met. The illnesses include heart defects, spinal muscular atrophy, neurofibromatosis type 1 and fragile X syndrome, the most common form of mental retardation in boys, among many others. Hundreds of cases have been documented, but it is likely there are thousands more, according to Wendy Kramer, founder of the Donor Sibling Registry, a Web site she started to help connect families with children who are offspring of the same sperm donor.
April 17, 2012 9:09 am
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has launched an inquiry (1) on the ethics of disclosure in families with children conceived using donated reproductive tissue (i.e. eggs, sperm, or embryos). In spring 2013 the Council will publish a report on its findings, making policy recommendations where appropriate. This call for evidence is part of a long history of debate on the topic of disclosure in the UK and runs parallel to international debates in the USA, Canada (reported in BioNews 645), Australia (reported in BioNews 651), and Europe.
March 26, 2012 1:34 pm
After three years of trying to conceive, a married couple in the Netherlands in their early 30s learned they could not have a child because the husband produced no sperm. They did not want to use sperm donated from a stranger, partly because this would mean the child would not share genes with the husband’s side of the family. But because the husband had no brothers to donate, the couple seemed at a loss on how to pass on his gene pool. Then the couple thought of an unconventional solution: Use sperm from the husband’s father. The child produced from this union of egg and sperm would have a “father” who was his biological half- brother, and a “grandfather” who was his biological father.