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CORRECTION: 'My Daddy's Name is Donor': Read with caution!

20 July 2010

On 9 July 2010 we published a commentary written by Eric Blyth, Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield, UK and Visiting Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Wendy Kramer, co-founder of the US Donor Sibling Registry. The commentary was about a recent report co-authored by Elizabeth Marquardt, director of the Institute for American Values (IAV)'s Center for Marriage and Families, Norval D. Glenn, of the University of Texas at Austin, and Karen Clark, of, and published by the Commission on Parenthood's Future, in association with the IAV.

We have since been asked by one of the authors of the 'My Daddy's Name is Donor' report to remove a passage of that commentary describing the Commission on Parenthood's Future as a 'Christian think tank'. We are happy to correct this information and apologise for any inconvenience caused. The wording of the original article has now been changed and is available at

9 August 2010 - by Sarah Norcross 
In last month's BioNews (issue567) Professor Eric Blyth and Wendy Kramer criticised 'My Daddy's Name is Donor: A New Study of Young Adults Conceived Through Sperm Donation'. This week Elizabeth Marquardt, a coinvestigator on the study, responds. We would like to hear your views on this report and their ensuing disagreement...
9 August 2010 - by Elizabeth Marquardt 
It is challenging for researchers to study the offspring of sperm donation. There are not that many donor offspring in the general population, most of their parents have not told them the truth about their origins, and there are currently few available sources of funding for such inquiries...
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