SALT LAKE CITY —
The University of Utah had no ownership interest in the clinic, Reproductive Medical Technologies, but used some of its services. Three of the clinic’s owners were faculty or staff members, and surviving partners have declined to comment.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulates fertility clinics but said it has been only a decade since regulations governing the handling and storage of reproductive tissues started taking effect, long after the Utah clinic shut down.
Most of the regulations are designed to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases, and semen banks are supposed to clearly mark samples so they can’t get mixed up, FDA spokeswoman Jennifer Rodriguez said.
The University of Utah is offering free paternity testing to anyone who used the Utah clinic. They say it appears Lippert worked there from 1988 until the mid- or late-1990s.
“It was hard at first, to think, ‘Who am I?”’ the family’s daughter told CBS affiliate KUTV. “I thought I was this person (of) my mom and my dad. Now, my dad is not my biological father. Who am I?”
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