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 1999.
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
"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
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.
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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
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 Gunna
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