Sperm swap in Utah fertility lab, Utah University probes case

University of Utah is probing the incidence of possible sperm swap at fertility clinic in a Salt Lake City area.

A woman has accused a now-closed lab, Reproductive Medical Technologies Inc, to have wrongfully inseminated the sperm which didn’t belong to her husband. She said the sperm possibly belonged to the lab’s part-time employee.

In a statement, the University said that no records remained at the now-closed lab to prove the woman’s claim, adding that the part-time employee died in 1999.

The university also declined that it owned or operated the lab saying the school had contracted with it for specimen preparation and semen analysis.


According to the university statement, in 1991 the women discovered that the biological father of her child was not her husband. She then conducted a genetic testing and then she traced the genetics of her child to a man who was a former employee of the now-defunct lab.

The woman’s identity has not been revealed.

The women told a television channel, “It was shocking for me. When I compared my daughter and my husband’s DNA, I found they were not matching.”

The woman said during the interview that she along with her husband had approached the lab in the early 1990s for the artificial insemination process after she faced trouble conceiving. Her daughter was born in 1992.

  • Raj Dutt

    I wonder how the husband feels, knowing that he is now involuntarily left childless i.e no genetic offspring. At least his wife has one. It must be a unique kind of devastation, all the time and love spent in raising the fruit of another man’s loins. Knowing that he has not sired any children of his own. Painful.

    • Daily Mormon

      But the husband HAS a daughter—a child he wanted and whom he was able to hold and teach and love (and a child who loves him)!
      Fatherhood is more than “siring children.” It’s pitiful for the biological father to have never experienced the real joy of fatherhood.

      • Raj Dutt

        I’m not saying he didn’t enjoy fatherhood. He most certainly did and also lovingly raised the 21 year old daughter. When I talked about his devastation, I was talking about his biological urge (Biological need for one’s own offspring). The urge that leads people to sperm banks rather than orphanages. It (the urge) certainly is a strong one, even in men. His pain, would be unique, a mix of feeling cheated and frustration I’d assume. His wife must also feel deeply hurt that she bore a child not of her husband’s. Yet she still has her biological urge met. That was what I was saying when I talked about the husband’s pain.

    • karonf

      This is how the father feels, “My husband also said that he was glad
      to find out while he is alive. He wouldn’t want Ashley to ever think
      that if he had known the truth, maybe he wouldn’t have loved her. He had
      that opportunity and he made sure she knew he loves her just as much
      and to him it is insignificant. He is her father and always will be.”

      from http://www.yourgeneticgenealogist.com/2014/01/artificial-insemination.html?spref=tw