Update 2019 01 21: Added links to related articles.
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2008 12 12
It happened to me: My father had 300 children
By Alison Smith Squire
It happened to me: My father had 300 children — Jo’s never been able to trace her father – one of Britain’s most prolific sperm donors. Now she’s terrified that any man she falls for could unknowingly be her brother.
When Jo Rose was eight, she discovered she’d been conceived using a sperm donor. She has spent the past 15 years searching for him. Jo, 36, a PhD student, is single and lives in Totnes, Devon.
Not a day passes that I haven’t looked in a mirror at my fair hair and freckles and asked myself, ‘Who are you?’ It might seem a strange question, but for me, the fact that my father was an anonymous sperm donor – and I am unlikely ever to meet him – has dominated my life.
I have estimated that, somewhere in the world, I have about 200 to 300 siblings….(Full Story)
F4L: Update 2008 12 17
The problem that Jo fears is statistically significant. Although not very likely to happen, it could happen and has happened to some people.
Still, there is a practical solution that can prevent it from happening, a solution that perhaps should become mandatory when a marriage licence is obtained (whereby the problem would not be prevented when someone engages in non-marital sex and causes a child to be conceived).
The solution is DNA testing of both prospective parents (best done at birth).
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