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Swedish women warned over Danish sperm

TT/Rebecca Martin · 31 May 2011, 15:18

Published: 31 May 2011 15:18 GMT+02:00

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According to Peter Bower, the CEO for Nordic Cryobank, it is highly probable that Swedish women have received sperm from the affected donor.

“It is very likely, considering how many women come to Denmark for insemination,” he said to news agency TT.

So far at least nine children that have been conceived with the help of the man’s sperm developed genetically inherited disorder Neurofibromatosis (NF1 or von Recklinghausen disease).

Neither the sperm bank nor the young man was aware that he carried the rare and potentially dangerous disease that can cause grave disabilities.

If one of the parents carries the gene the risk that the child is affected is 50 percent. In Sweden it’s estimated that one in a thousand carry the gene for NF1.

Bower did not want to speculate into how many Swedish women or children may be affected.

“We have delivered this man’s sperm to 10-15 Danish clinics, but to what extent they have used it I have no idea,” Bower said to TT.

According to the Danish authority that regulates the sperm banks, this is not a separate incident. Specialist physician Anne Cathrine Bollerup said to news agency TT that they often get reports of genetic diseases spread through sperm donation.

Following the discovery, the chairman of the Danish Council of Ethics, Jacob Birkler, is calling for a tougher control of sperm banks and more screening of the donors after the recent discovery. But council member and physician Lotte Hvas was sceptical.

“You can safeguard against diseases like HIV and Hepatitis but you can’t expect donors to be genetically tested against everything,“ she said to the Danish Jyllands-Posten daily.

That donated sperm carries a defect is not in itself a unique occurrence and it could just as easy have happened in Sweden, according to Magnus Nordenskjöld, professor of clinical genetics at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute.

“However carefully you choose your man, you can’t ever be sure. It is the same with donated sperm – one can never be completely certain. The sperm is no different just because it has been in a test tube,” said Nordenskjöld to TT.

However, according to Elin Siljehag at the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) Sweden has very extensive regulations on the screening of donors. They are tested against HIV, Hepatitis and Syphilis. Any known genetic defects in the family are also investigated.

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“The background of the donors is checked very thoroughly and if there are any indications that someone is found to belong to a group which may be more likely to carry a certain disease they will be screened specifically for that,” she told The Local.

According to Siljehag, these extensive checks should ensure that donated Swedish sperm is of the highest quality.

But if a donor doesn’t know he has a genetic defect there is always a risk that a potential child could develop symptoms.

“There are almost 8,000 genetic diseases. Theoretically you could test for all of these, but it would hardly be worth it. Everyone knows that there is a risk. It is part of life,“ Magnus Nordenskjöld told TT.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:30 May 31, 2011 by darky
Oh ! To bad for these ladies. This is something that I can give for free but most of the ladies would not want brown guys. Swedish ladies, come to me and I will give you the sperms through the natural means and for free. Very potent one. RSVP. lol
19:23 May 31, 2011 by bramblebush
This is exactly why there is a need for consumer protection. Just think of all those gays who get a hold of this defective stuff....
20:00 May 31, 2011 by Tanskalainen
darky, darky, darky........Theses girls want Danish seed, which I will be glad to provide.
20:37 May 31, 2011 by Icarusty
The irony of the above comments is that whites are more genetically prone to several diseases that "dark" people aren't - cystic fibrosis, Bowel cancer, breast cancer etc... but it is true that darker and asian people are less lactose tolerant than whites. And can't hold a drink.

It depends what the woman wants I suppose.
21:26 May 31, 2011 by Tanskalainen
@icarusty Ever hear of something called sicle cell anemia? Blacks are also more prone to high blood pressure hence the need to avoid salt. Not that any of this matters, I was making a joke in the #3 post.
23:40 May 31, 2011 by zircon
Just out of curiousity: and who will inseminate the Danish women? Swedish men? End product: Merete von Kamp? (In stead of Greta Garbo.) It's a good neurosis if exquisite beauty is the outcome.
23:57 May 31, 2011 by virgoman
Why crossing the boarder to pay for sperm you're not sure of. Why don't you call my mobile line and have it at a cheaper rate. I think I need to place an advert in the dailies, blocket, lotus, e-bay etc. This is a great business for me now. Price ranges anyways......there's a price for a baby girl, baby boy, twins, tripplets etc....Just get to ''VIRGOMAN''
02:48 June 1, 2011 by Luke R D
I'm not surprised they want to go to Denmark - "Men" aren't exactly in oversupply in Sweden, are they? Too busy worrying about their hair, shoes and more commonly, makeup.
02:58 June 1, 2011 by muscle
Ok, first of all, to all those who would think "muscle you one of those guys who can never understand being les is by birth and blah blah " please accept my apology but i can't help i have to say it..

First you would go for girl-girl relationship and then you would want to go and ask for sperm! I mean seriously, what happened to the guys of sweden? in fact, you would have a kid with the help of a man, BUT you would not like him in bed.. what the hell!

Just place your cell number here, and trust me you will get a lot of applicants
09:27 June 1, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg
I see the world banking crisis has now spread to the Bank of Sperm.
11:38 June 1, 2011 by johnny1939
What is wrong w/ the old fashioned way? What kind of person donates sperm anyway? That would make you think twice. A ob/gyn in LA donated his own sperm to patients(they did not know) I believe he went to jail for this because the idea was that the off springs could meet and marry and not realize that they were related.
21:49 June 1, 2011 by cookiemaster
@darky...hahahaha please allow me to remind you darky......the article is about the DEFECTED.
20:12 June 2, 2011 by corazonbrasopa
a quem interessar USE o GOOGLE como eu. (portugues /ingles )

eu mesma procuro um doador serio de esperma,quero um filho e nao tenho dinheiro para uma inseminacao artificial,assim que ,quem tiver interesse de me ajudar a seu mae me mande por e-mail algo, moro na Alemanha e estou solteira. PS,tenho todos os exames em dia,tenho preferencia por loiros dos olhos azuis,nao procuro um marido nem um pai pro meu filho e sim um doador.

um grande abraco, Alessandra
23:07 June 2, 2011 by Rebel
The kind of person who would donate sperm? One who wants people to have the joy of parenthood.
15:20 June 3, 2011 by Marc the Texan
Oh ... that's just nasty! Something's rotten in Denmark.
16:39 June 3, 2011 by BigBilly
Just shows you that Danes need Marmite .....
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