Googling for family roots

The Internet’s amazing reach, it turns out, extends to individuals who donate sperm for assisted reproduction.

Once, the donations were largely a private matter, even shielded from couples that sought help having babies. Nurses and doctors often selected the sperm for them.

But now offspring from those transactions are taking to the Internet, seeking information about their sperm “fathers” and trying to find others born of the same donor.

Psychologist Andrea Braverman, of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, is to talk about the implications at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The lecture, co-sponsored by two university programs in law, health and life sciences, is free and open to the public.

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  1. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 11/17/2009 - 08:07 am.

    The Big Bang or the Big Question?

    My god, we should be thankful sperm donations were not available at the beginning of the universe, and ‘who-fathered-whom’ was a question not yet conceived.

    Think Adam and Eve…and even before.

    Could leave a bevy of religious theologians severely challenged or out in the cold…and their recipients’, out of the fold?

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