Collected "Seed"

Exploring the "Nobel Prize sperm bank."
June 7 2005 8:48 AM

Collected "Seed"

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In February 2001, David Plotz began writing for Slate about the Repository for Germinal Choice, the "Nobel Prize sperm bank." These reports become the basis of his book, The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank.

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David Plotz is the CEO of Atlas Obscura and host of the Slate Political Gabfest.

Here are the collected stories of the Seed project:

"The 'Genius Babies,' and How They Grew: Help Slate tell the story of the Nobel Prize sperm bank," posted Feb. 8, 2001.

" 'The Entrepreneur' Speaks: A donor tells why he gave the Repository for Germinal Choice his Grade A sperm," posted Feb. 13, 2001.

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"The First Responses: Two donors, four moms, a possible hoax, many promising stories," posted Feb. 14, 2001.

"An Update and a Preview," posted Feb. 23, 2001.

"The Myths of the Nobel Sperm Bank: The truth about who gave sperm, how they gave it, and who used it," posted Feb. 23, 2001.

"A Mother Searches for 'Donor White': Ten years ago, she used his sperm to have a daughter. Now she wants to find him, and he wants to find her. But they don't know each other's names," posted Feb. 27, 2001.

"Still Searching for Donor White (or Coral, or Fuchsia …): The latest on the 'Nobel Prize sperm bank' investigation," posted March 7, 2001.

"The Better Baby Business: The Nobel sperm bank wasn't the first scheme to breed 'superbabies.' The weird history of 'positive' eugenics," posted March 13, 2001.