(Adds comments from mother to local media)
Jan 10 The University of Utah is investigating
what it calls "credible information" that a woman at a Salt Lake
City area fertility 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 declined on Friday 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 the
lab between 1988 and 1993, the statement said.
The mother at the center of the possible sperm swap was not
identified by the university, but told local television channel
KUTV in an interview that she discovered the situation through
DNA tests she had conducted on her family.
"When I called my daughter and my husband's DNA up next to
one another, they didn't share any DNA at all and I just thought
to myself, 'Oh my God!'" the woman told KUTV. The station did
not disclose her name.
The woman, who was not shown on TV, told the station that
she and her husband went to the lab in the early 1990s after
they had trouble conceiving and that their daughter, who is now
21, was born in 1992.
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