Still Searching for Donor White (or Coral, or Fuchsia …)
The latest on the "Nobel Prize sperm bank" investigation.
Slate's"Seed" project is chronicling the history of the Repository for Germinal Choice, the "Nobel Prize sperm bank" founded by millionaire inventor Robert Graham. We have been searching for the 240-plus children conceived through the bank, their parents, and the men who donated the sperm for them. The left-hand column on this page displays links to the six articles in the Seed series, including the introduction that explains the project.
Last week, Seed recounted the story of a woman's quest for Donor White, the genetic father of her daughter and perhaps a dozen other children from the Repository for Germinal Choice. (Read the story here.) The woman, "Beth," had corresponded anonymously for years with Donor White, but they lost touch in 1997 when the repository stopped forwarding their mail. Donor White had told Beth he wanted to meet his daughter. Beth wants her daughter to meet him. She also wants her daughter to meet her genetic half-siblings, Donor White's other repository kids. So Beth invited Donor White—and any family that had kids with Donor White's sperm—to contact Slate.
A week has passed, and, sadly, Donor White has not contacted us. Nor have his other sperm bank kids or their parents. (We invite them again to get in touch with Slateby e-mailing me at email@example.com calling me at (202) 862-4889. I will treat the correspondence as confidential.)
But Slate has heard from other repository mothers and donors who hope to find sperm bank kin:
Two mothers who had children using Donor Fuchsia want to find other Donor Fuchsia families. (In case you're wondering, these mothers don't know each other, but perhaps they will soon.)
A mother who has a teen-age son from Donor Coral is looking for other families that used his sperm.
A mother who had a son using Donor Yellow is curious about his siblings and about the donor himself.
Donor Orange, whose DNA went to more than a dozen kids during the '90s, would like to meet his genetic children and their parents.
Several other parents and donors would like to connect with repository relatives, too, but they are still leery about sharing even their donor identification colors.
If you are a parent, child, or donor who wants to find repository relatives—especially if you're linked to Donors White, Fuchsia, Coral, Yellow, or Orange—Slatewants to hear from you. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (202) 862-4889. All contacts will be considered confidential.
David Plotz is the Editor of Slate. He's the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and Good Book. He appears on Slate's Political Gabfest.