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.