In the news, 600 half siblings

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Not a question so much as astonishment.

'A Toronto woman discovered she has up to 600 half-siblings'

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/docproject/how-a-toronto-woman-discovered-she-has-up-to-600-half-siblings-1.5727049
in The Tree House by M Ross G2G6 Pilot (179k points)

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There is the making of a wikitree project! I wonder how many fertility clinics may have used the same procedures for procuring donors?
by David Carlson G2G6 Pilot (122k points)
Not happening with this 600+ since most are still living
Perhaps in twenty or thirty years?

On a related note, numerous fertility doctors have been caught using their own sperm to inseminate patients. Not even one or two, but numerous doctors:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_Jacobson

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/us/fertility-doctor-pregnant-women.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47907847

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48714321

https://www.newsweek.com/fertility-doctors-using-their-own-sperm-fertilization-leads-fertility-fraud-legislation-3-1469975

https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/investigations/watchdog/article237123464.html

Some of those who've been caught fathered children in the double digits. I can easily believe there's some with numbers in the triple digits. 

Fertility treatments and sperm donation have been going on longer than people realize -- first performed in the 1880s -- and usually were not spoken about at all. Even today, on the genetic genealogy forum I frequent, it's common for parents to deny, deny, deny if asked about using donor sperm. To add to that, it seems a lot of couples struggling with infertility were fed the line "Oh, we'll mix in another man's sperm sample with the husband's, it'll help his along", which makes no sense at all from a reproductive perspective if you understand anything about conception. What do you imagine is happening, the donor's sperm pushes the husband's immobile sperm to the egg?? But it appears doctors knew that these husbands' was sterile, and by feeding them this lie they could let them believe that the baby was fathered by him and let him keep his pride (which for some men is stored in their "virility", ie sperm, for whatever reason).

wow father was a dog sorry

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