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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Dad, you're a wanker! - Boy tracks his anon sperm donor father

A 15-year-old boy has tracked down his anonymous sperm donor father using a swab test and the internet.

He sent off his own cheek swab to an online genealogy DNA-testing service.

This case has serious implications for men who have donated sperm in the past with promises of anonymity, says New Scientist Magazine.

The boy in the New Scientist report tracked down his father from his Y chromosome, which is passed down from father to son.

His genetic father had never supplied his DNA to the website that they boy sent the swab to - - but two other men who were on the database had Y chromosomes that bore a close match to the boy's.

Both men had the same surname, although with different spellings.

The two did not know each other, but the similarity between their Y chromosomes suggested there was a 50% chance that all three had the same father, grandfather or great-grandfather.

Though the 15-year-old boy's donor had been anonymous, his mother had been told the man's date and place of birth and his college degree.

The boy fed this information into another online service,, to find out the names of everyone that had been born in the same place on the same day.

Only one man had the same name that he was looking for, and within 10 days he had made contact with this man.

Hello Dad, do you remember masturbating into a beaker ...?


Blogger Moni said...

Kind of sucks the romance right out of it, doesn't it? rotfl Does wanker mean what I think it does? ;)

11:59 PM  
Blogger McFox said...

I don't think there was any sucking at all ;)

Yes, wanker probably means what you think. Here's a definition of wanker from

6:53 PM  
Blogger Moni said...

Ahh hahahahahahah!!!!! That was a loaded statement. My sides hurt from laughing so much. Oh and thanks explaining what a wanker is. It did mean what I thought.

Take care ;)

9:39 PM  

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