Online DNA tests are upending anonymous sperm donations

Graphic for the Context video Online DNA tests are upending anonymous sperm donations

Cheap DNA testing kits have enabled millions to peek into their family history, ancestry and inherited health conditions. But the technology has also raised ethical concerns over how customers’ data is being shared and sold for use in drug research and law enforcement.

It’s also upending the decades-old industry of anonymous sperm donations. We met Anna, who found her biological father - a sperm donor - along with 40 half-siblings after taking a DNA test.

Her story raises the question: how do you protect someone’s anonymity in the age of affordable and easy online DNA tests?

Subscribe to our YouTube channel | Watch more videos like this

FEATURED


Latest

See all

KICKING IT

We’re addicted to the things that we know are bad for the planet. Why is it so hard to quit them?


Lab Made

A series about an industry challenging the way we think about food and whether it can live up to its promise of changing the world


REROOTED

In this series, we explore how climate change and shifting consumer habits are forcing us to rethink the way we grow staple crops, from coffee to rice