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Robert Klark Graham, 90, a millionaire optometrist who founded the world's most discriminating sperm bank to nurture what he believed were the human seeds of genius, has died. He died Thursday in Seattle while attending the annual meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science. He was found in his hotel room bathtub after hitting his head in a fall, his wife, Marta Everton Graham, said.
April 13, 2014 | By Claire Zulkey
Marijuana? Check. James Franco? Check. Some cringe-worthy sophomoric phallic jokes? Check. Seth Rogen last night hosted what was probably a frat house's favorite episode of “Saturday Night Live” from this season. The weed humor came fast and furious (or slow and mellow), kicking off with Rogen's monologue, during which he read from his "journal," mentioning getting high twice before joking about setting up friend James Franco's Instagram scandal . Franco showed up smiling, not really looking like a man hiding in shame from an underage-sex-text scandal, making the “It's a hoax” theories seem more plausible.
September 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of sperm samples were destroyed when the temperature rose undetected in a refrigeration tank at the University of Florida. Dr. R. Stan Williams, chief of the university medical college's division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, said its "sperm bank is essentially wiped out." Most of the samples were from anonymous donors intended for use by couples with fertility problems. Up to 60 of the samples were from men who had banked their sperm in case they became impotent.
July 6, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A child-custody dispute involving actor Jason Patric has evolved from Hollywood tabloid fodder into a policy battle in the state Legislature that could affect thousands of California parents. Patric, a star of films including "The Lost Boys," donated sperm in 2009 as part of a fertility treatment that resulted in pregnancy for a former girlfriend, Danielle Schreiber. The actor decided he wanted to help raise the child, Gus, who is now 3, but has been stymied in his attempts to gain partial custody in court.
February 23, 1992 | From the Washington Post
The Sperm Bank of California is an unusual bank in that 40% of its clients are single women, and it takes an especially open approach to donation. At the request of families, the bank has been trying "to help bridge what has been a big gap" between donors and recipients, said Executive Director Barbara Raboy.
August 20, 1988 | JAN HOFMANN, Jan Hofmann is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
"Dear Family Life, "Have you a list of legitimate, carefully screened gene banks that I may avail myself of? Thank you." The letter was signed "Shirley." Obviously, it letter was from a woman in search of a sperm donor. But who would have guessed that Shirley was a 68-year-old woman who wants to become a grandmother? "It's for my daughter, Renee," Shirley said when I called. "She's 41 years old. There is no man in her life, and she's decided to have a child now before it's too late.
July 30, 1986 | From Reuters
Israel's Supreme Court has upheld a Health Ministry order denying access to the national sperm bank to unmarried women who want to become pregnant by artificial insemination, court officials said. A 39-year-old single woman had asked the court to overturn the ministry edict, saying the right of motherhood belongs to women rather than the government. She told the three-justice panel that she has little time left to bear children.
June 1, 1986 | SUSAN SEAGER, United Press International
It boasts a Frozen Semen Newsletter, a mobile lab for on-site sperm collection and clients including police departments and the disabled. Yes, it's a sperm bank, but the Canine Cyrobank Inc. of West Los Angeles is a sperm bank of a different kind. It's for dogs only. With sperm collected from more than 500 dogs from across the nation, Canine Cyrobank is the largest sperm bank for dogs in the West and among the largest in the world.
October 16, 1987 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
A judge has refused to order disclosure of the name of a sperm donor, ruling that his right to privacy outweighs a woman's legal claim that the semen was infected with a virus. Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Ronald L. Bauer decided that disclosure was not justified, a ruling that reflects ethical standards developed in the last year by the medical community. Betty Lou Brau said in a lawsuit that she was artificially inseminated at the Fertility Center of California in Santa Ana.
In a case that hinges on the value of freezing sperm for later use, a Superior Court trial that opened this week is expected to determine whether men who use sperm banks should be compensated if the samples are lost. The lawsuit pits Carlos and Cathy Casas against the Santa Ana-based Fertility Center of California, which acknowledges that it lost two frozen samples of Carlos' sperm.
August 15, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM - The founder of the Tel Aviv-based specialty firm raves about his product with the same gusto distillers reserve for their top-notch scotch. He's particularly proud of his "premium" line. Sure, it costs a bit more, but it's targeted at a more discriminating client. Dr. Jacob Ronen is in the sperm business. Among other things, as head of Cryobank Israel, the country's largest private sperm bank, he guarantees that his stable of superior donors includes only tall, twentysomething ex-soldiers whose sperm has passed rigorous genetic testing.
March 19, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court justices struggled with applying an "old law to new technology" in a case that asks whether children whose father died before they were born or even conceived are entitled to survivors benefits under the Social Security law. The justices heard the case of Karen Capato, a New Jersey mother who in September 2003 gave birth to twins through in vitro fertilization 18 months after her husband, Robert, had died of cancer in Florida....
December 22, 2011
The way Trent Arsenault touts himself, he's a tall, healthy and educated altruist who helps others by donating his sperm (sans sexual intercourse) on a fairly large scale. The way the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sees it, he operates a sperm bank, albeit an informal and unpaid one, that fails to meet federal regulations. From our perspective, the FDA is overreaching. Arsenault, an electronics company engineer in the Bay Area, promotes his service through the Internet to women who want to get pregnant without paying the $400 to $600 fee that a commercial sperm bank would charge.
October 22, 2011 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The family has always been a more elastic body than the defenders of its narrowest definition would like to admit, and as science changes the face of procreation, and the Internet increases the flow of information, that body is stretching in new and unexpected ways. "Donor Unknown," which plays locally Sunday on PBS SoCal (KOCE) as part of "Independent Lens," looks at a particular group of people in a particular time — the half siblings anonymously fathered by a single sperm donor — but it's also a story of the general future: "And it's the beginning" are the last words spoken here.
July 1, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
There's not much new or profound about "35 & Ticking," but a capable cast and a genial script make it an enjoyable look at friends of a certain age (37, despite the title). Although writer-director Russ Parr sometimes overstays his welcome — peppier editing would have helped — a generally warm approach helps distinguish his oft-told story. A quartet of childhood allies grow up to find themselves at various pre-midlife crossroads: Beautiful sportscaster Zenobia (Nicole Ari Parker)
March 14, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
The Premise Dr. Nicole Allgood (Annette Bening) and her partner, Jules (Julianne Moore), have taken a non-traditional route to family life. The couple met in the ER when Nic, who is now an attending gynecologist, was a resident at UCLA and Jules was a patient with facial numbness. They became lovers, and when they decided to have children they went to a sperm bank, and each gave birth to a child using the same sperm donor. Flash forward several years, and their son, Laser (Josh Hutcherson)
March 9, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A white mother who claims she was mistakenly inseminated with the sperm of a black man rather than the sperm of her late white husband is suing her doctor and a Manhattan sperm bank. In a negligence suit against Idant Laboratories and Dr. Hugh Melnick of Advanced Fertility Services, Julia Skolnick of Queens contended that her 3-year-old daughter has already become the target of racial ridicule and discrimination, court papers said.
Ten years after the birth of the first baby from his sperm bank, Robert Graham has a 1 1/2-year waiting list of potential mothers, a wall full of pictures of beautiful children and a shortage of good men. Although frustrated by the lack of tangible evidence that his theory holds up in real life, Graham remains captivated by the controversial notion that he can improve the human race by matching wanna-be mothers with the sperm of some of society's most scholarly men.
July 31, 2010
In a marriage of modern science and the culture of celebrity, a Los Angeles-based sperm bank is grouping donors according to which famous people they resemble. On its website, the California Cryobank asks: "Have you ever wondered if your favorite donor looks like anyone famous? You know how tall he is and his hair and eye color, but wouldn't it be great to have an idea of what he really LOOKS like? Now you can find out with a CLICK of your mouse!" Browsers are typically directed to pictures of two or three celebrity lookalikes.
August 24, 2008 | Rob Stein, Washington Post
When Julie Peterson decided to have a baby two years ago, she picked a tall, blond, blue-eyed Danish engineer as a sperm donor to match her own Scandinavian heritage. But when she went back to the sperm bank to use the same donor to have another child, she was stunned to discover that the federal government had made it impossible. "I just cried," said Peterson, 43, who lives in North Carolina. "I was in complete shock. I hadn't thought about anything but having another baby with this donor.
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