By admin on November 09, 2010

Do we have any families out there with teens who have connected on the DSR but
who have not yet met? If you are a teen or the parent of a teen (or young adult)
who would love to meet their half siblings (or donor), but haven’t been able to make it
happen- email me!

(Travel expenses will be paid.)


By admin on November 08, 2010

We are currently looking at the feasibility of establishing a Donor Sibling
Registry DNA biobank of individuals that were conceived using sperm (and egg)
donation. (Possibly parents and donors as well). The biobank construction will
be created together with scientists from Whitehead Institute for Biomedical
Research (MIT) and will be used to study the genetics of a variety of traits and
medical conditions in the DSR community.

The biobank will be completely anonymous and the DNA testing would be free of
charge. The samples will be collected using cheek swabs, a non-invasive and
painless methodology. In addition, each participant (or parent) would be asked
to fill a 30-45min questionnaire to describe his or her medical history. One
immediate benefit to the participants would be the acquisition of genetic
information that can be used for genealogy research. We hope also to validate
donor-child connections and also to establish new ones between different groups
on the DSR. We might also be able to offer some compensation for the
participants.

We would like to know if you would be willing to participate in such a biobank
and if you have any specific concerns or information that you would need before
you might be willing to submit your (or your child’s) DNA.

I have set up a 3 question survey (will take less than a minute) so that we can
hear why you would, or would not be interested. It would be great if you could
click on this link, and let us know your thoughts on DNA testing:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2KQX2PB

Thanks so much!

Wendy


By admin on November 03, 2010

I will be presenting a talk at the NCFR conference tomorrow in Minneapolis. I
will be talking about the DSR- our history, why we exist, what we do, and what
we’ve learned over the years about “re-defining family”. The title of their
conference is “Families and Innovation”.

About the NCFR: “Providing skills & knowledge to enrich family life”
The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), founded in 1938, provides an
educational forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share
in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family
relationships, establishes professional standards, and works to promote family
well-being.