Jan 10 The University of Utah is investigating
what it calls "credible information" that a woman at a Salt Lake
City area clinic was artificially inseminated with sperm, not
from her husband, but from a part-time lab employee.
The school released a statement saying no records remained
at the now-closed lab, Reproductive Medical Technologies Inc, to
prove the woman's claim, and that the part-time employee died in
A University of Utah spokeswoman on Friday declined to
comment beyond the statement, which said the university did not
own or operate the lab, but contracted with it for specimen
preparation and semen analysis.
"Through genetic testing, a woman who received artificial
insemination in 1991 discovered the biological father of her
child was not her husband, as she had assumed," the university
statement said. "She traced the genetics of her child to a man
who was a former employee of a now-defunct medical lab,
Reproductive Medical Technologies Inc."
Three of the clinic's owners were faculty or staff at the
University of Utah, which also owned an adjacent lab, and the
employee whose sperm was involved also worked part-time at RMTI
between 1988 and 1993, the statement said.
The university said it had been unable to determine how the
sperm could have been swapped, but said there was no evidence
that any other couples were affected.
It said it was offering free paternity testing for women who
received artificial insemination at RMTI or at the adjacent
university-owned lab between 1988 and 1993.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and