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Danish sperm donor passes genetic disorder to 5 children

Published on Sep 25, 2012 6:11 AM
 

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - A Danish sperm donor has passed a potentially severe genetic disorder to five children after a screening test failed to catch that he had the disease, health officials said on Monday.

The donor transmitted the tumour-producing nerve disorder Neurofibromatosis type I, sometimes known as Von Recklinghausen's disease, to five babies he fathered, said the Copenhagen clinic where he gave sperm, Nordisk Cryobank.

"In the case of these five, we know that the disorder came from the donor," even though the disorder is not always transmitted by a person's parents, said the clinic's director general, Peter Bower.

"I can say that prior to October 2009, this donor has provided sperm to 10 countries inside and outside Europe," Dr Bower told AFP, saying he could not release specifics about where and when the babies were born because of confidentiality rules.

 
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