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Bride-to-be 'becomes pregnant after having sex with dwarf stripper on hen night... and husband only realises when she gives birth'
By Gerard Couzens
10 October 2014

A bride-to-be became pregnant after having sex with a dwarf stripper on her hen night, it has been claimed.

The woman had to confess to cheating on her husband with the adult entertainer earlier this year after giving birth to a baby with dwarfism at a hospital in Valencia, Spain, it was reported.

It is alleged that the woman’s husband believed the child was his until it was born. Neither the couple nor the hospital have been named.

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Hen party: A bride-to-be became pregnant after having sex with a dwarf stripper on her hen night (file picture)

Spanish news website Las Cinco del Dia (The Daily Five), which broke the story, said: ‘Neither her closest female friends nor her family knew she had had sex with the dwarf stripper. But once she had her son in her arms, she broke down and confessed what had happened. As you can imagine no-one that sleeps with a stripper at her hen night broadcasts it, or at least they try to take their secret to the grave. But the protagonist of this episode had no choice but to confess and could never have pretended the boy was her husband's because of a little problem - the child was born with dwarfism.’

A Spaniard working as a dwarf stripper, who asked to remain anonymous, said: ‘I know colleagues working out of Valencia but I'm not aware of any of them getting involved in something like this. ‘They're mostly men in their forties and fifties and who's going to want to sleep with a man that age. There must be about ten of us doing this line of work in Spain. More often than not it's a joke thing and the women are very shy and don't even want you to touch them. You often go along with a normal stripper who blindfolds the woman and then you take his place and pretend it's him that's still dancing. You take the blindfold off, congratulate her and go. At most you sometimes get asked to stay behind and have your picture taken with the bride-to-be. I'm astonished at the idea someone's fallen pregnant like this and the woman has managed to keep it a secret even from her closest friends. It's certainly something that's catching peoples' interest. I've even had a call from a radio station in Uruguay earlier on but told them I couldn't help.’

Source: Daily Mail UK.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:59 pm 
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Indian woman has twins despite discovery she is mostly male
February 9, 2015

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New Delhi (AFP) - An Indian woman who discovered she had mostly male chromosomes has given birth to healthy twins after intensive treatment in what doctors said Monday was the "rarest of rare cases".

The 32-year-old had an intersex condition in which she had the physical appearance of a woman but had more than 95 percent XY chromosomes, fertility specialist Sunil Jindal told AFP.

The woman underwent more than 12 months of hormonal and other medical treatment to develop her "infantile uterus" to allow her to eventually carry and give birth on Friday to a boy and girl. "This is akin to a male delivering twins," said Jindal by phone from Meerut city, some 70 kilometres (43 miles) northeast of New Delhi. "She did not undergo puberty and never menstruated. When we investigated further we found that she had a very small vagina and an infantile uterus."

Jindal said his team of doctors discovered during their research that there had only ever been five reported cases of such pregnancies in the world. "It's nothing short of a medical miracle. We are really happy that we could pull it off." He said the woman was startled to learn she had the condition, but was determined to undergo the treatment to get pregnant. "Even she did not know she had this condition and was flabbergasted when we told her about it. But the husband was very supportive and told her 'no matter what you continue to be my wife'," he said.

Her husband's sperm was used to fertilise a donor egg which was then implanted in the woman's now developed uterus. The babies were born through caesarean section, weighing 2.25 kilos (4.9 pounds) and 2.50 kilos (5.5 pounds) each.

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Balkans missing girls: prenatal selection upsets sex ratio
By Briseida Mema
May 1, 2015

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A pregnant Albanian woman lies on a bed while doctor observes her foetus on a monitor as he carries out a sonogram, in Tirana (AFP Photo/Gent Shkullaku)

Tirana (AFP) - Drita, 31, covers her face with trembling hands.

She just learned that after giving birth to three daughters in four years she is pregnant again with a girl, an unforgivable crime in the patriarchal Balkans that clearly prefers boys. She tries to mutter a few words, but her mother-in-law, Sanije, silences her with a hard stare. "A fourth one is a curse... either she will abort or there is no place for her with us," she says, handing a bundle of bank notes to a doctor at a private clinic in downtown Tirana.

Selective abortions are common practice in Albania and some other Balkan countries where an imbalance between boys and girls at birth is blamed on a preference for boys. "Prenatal sex selection continues to be a persistent practice in Albania although the legislation specifically bans it," said Rubena Moisiu, head of an obstetrics hospital in Tirana. It gradually leads to a demographic masculinisation of society, already visible among young children.

In countries such as Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and in western Macedonia there some 110 male per 100 female births," Christophe Guilmoto of the French Research Institute for Development, who specialises in gender imbalances, told AFP.

This figure is higher than the average biological sex ratio at birth of 105 boys to 100 girls. And the regularity of the 110-100 ratio over the years attests to the imbalance. According to the national statistics bureau, on January 1 there were 31,000 fewer women than men in Albania's population of 2.8 million. Albania is among the few European countries where men outnumber women, and this despite a very strong emigration for economic reasons over the past two decades, mainly by men.

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"Such a trend exists also in Montenegro, a traditional society where (prenatal) sex selection is a common practise," says Maja Raicevic of the Women's Rights Centre in Podgorica. "In recent years for every 8,000 births there were about 800 more boys than girls, an imbalance that is far from normal," said Olivera Miljanovic, head of the National Medical Genetics Center. As a result, Montenegro lacks some 3,000 women of reproductive age, she said.

In the Balkans "boys are more desired than girls," explained anthropologist Aferdita Onuzi from Tirana. "Women are under strong pressure to give birth to a male successor at any price." In Kosovo, Montenegro, but also in some Macedonian regions, traditional thinking that favours boys over girls is said to be the main cause of this phenomenon. Experts stress that a woman is perceived only as a "burden" and a man as a "pillar of the family".

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Abortion in the Balkans region is legal until the 10th or in some cases 12th week of pregnancy, before a baby's sex can be determined. To circumvent the law, however, many selective abortions are carried out in private clinics or even by individuals who are not authorised to perform such a medical procedure. "Although there have been cases when women died, everyone remains silent, fearing repercussions. A lot of money is at stake," said Fetije Këpuska a Pristina gynaecologist.

In Montenegro, many women prefer to go to hospitals in neighbouring countries to determine the baby's sex before abortion. "I know a woman who aborted twice under pressure from her husband's family after learning she was pregnant with girls. Eventually, she gave birth to a boy," Milica, a professor in Podgorica who did not want to give her family name, told AFP. "The missing women, eliminated before birth because of their gender, weigh heavily on the society and economy of all the countries concerned," said Elsona Agolli, a gender issue expert with the United Nations Population Fund in Tirana.

Source: Yahoo! AFP.

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Are women losing ability to give birth naturally? They're relying too much on C-sections and drugs, says expert
By Sophie Borland
25 May 2015

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Dr Michel Odent said women's ability to give birth naturally is under threat

Women are losing their power to give birth naturally by relying on caesareans and other interventions, according to a renowned medical expert.

Dr Michel Odent also warned that the increasing tendency towards women having their labours induced could impair their ability to breastfeed. He urged midwives to do more to encourage natural births and even suggested they should calm mothers-to-be by knitting in the corner of the room. In a stark warning, he said that if current trends continue, the ‘future of the human capacity to give birth is at risk’.

More than a quarter of births in the UK now involve a caesarean, with rates having doubled since 1990. This has largely been blamed on doctors being more cautious and keener to intervene if the labour is slow as well as a reluctance among women to go through birth without medication.

Dr Odent also highlighted figures showing that women who gave birth between 2002 and 2008 took an average of two and a half hours longer during the first stage of labour compared to those between 1959 to 1966. The French obstetrician believes that women are becoming increasingly dependent on other interventions such as forceps, epidural pain-relieving injections and other drugs. He also warned against women routinely being given the drug oxytocin to induce labour or speed the process up. This is a naturally occurring hormone and Dr Odent said that giving it to women via drips suppressed their ability to produce it themselves. The hormone is also known as the ‘cuddle chemical’ as it is thought to play a crucial role in enabling a mother to bond with the newborn and produce milk

Dr Odent warned that if women lost their ability to produce it naturally, they would find it harder to breastfeed. Last year, 25 per cent of births were induced using oxytocin, a 7 per cent rise compared to the previous year.

Dr Odent, 85, formerly head of the surgical and maternity units at Pithiviers hospital in Northern France, said: ‘To me it demonstrates the obvious — that women are losing the capacity to give birth. 'That is the primary phenomenon . . . the number of women who give birth to babies naturally is becoming insignificant. I believe that the human oxytocin system — oxytocin being the hormone of love, fundamental to birth and bonding, even in adulthood — is growing weaker.’

He urged midwives to become the ‘protectors of the evolutionary process’ and to protect women from those doctors who are keen to intervene. And he suggested they sit quietly in the corner of a darkened labour room knitting, which would calm the mother to be and enable her to produce the natural hormones needed for birth.

His remarks are made in his book Do We Need Midwives, and also in a contribution to another book, Mama: Love, Motherhood and Revolution, by Antonella Gambotto-Burke. It is not the first time he has spoken out against convention and in 2008 he said men should never be allowed to be present during labour. He said they prevented women ‘relaxing into labour’.

Soo Downe, professor in midwifery studies at the University of Central Lancashire, said: ‘Odent has in the past said things that seem preposterous but a few years later are borne out by the evidence. Giving women synthetic oxytocin interferes with the balance of hormones. Evidence is growing that there are long-term consequences.

    HOW BREASTFEEDING PROTECTS BABIES FROM POLLUTION

  • Breastfeeding babies for at least four months wards off the effects of pollution which could harm their development, says a study.
  • Researchers in Spain are looking into how tiny particles in the air and nitrogen oxide from vehicles and factories affect very young babies. These can impair the development of the brain and nervous system and newborns are particularly vulnerable.
  • Early findings by University of Basque Country researchers showed breastfed babies appear to have been protected, and infants with the lowest concentrations of pollutants in their blood developed more quickly. These babies had generally been breastfed for at least four months. Some 638 pregnant women and their babies were monitored.
  • They live in a region of northern Spain where there are 11 steel factories and a major motorway running through.
  • In Britain, the NHS says 82 per cent of new mothers start off breastfeeding, but this drops to 55 per cent after six weeks. Just one mother in 100 does it for six months, as recommended by the World Health Organisation.
  • Other research has shown breastfeeding protects babies from infections and allergies and may even boost IQ.

Source: Daily Mail UK.

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Twin Strangers: Woman Comes Face To Face With Her Online Doppelgänger And It's So Spooky
By Natasha Hinde
1 September 2015

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Rub your eyes all you want - these two women are in no way related, but they look so similar they could be twins.

The pair met through a site called TwinStrangers.com, where people can find their doppelgängers simply by uploading a profile (similar to a dating website) and selecting the type of features they have - for example: face shape, eye shape and nose type.

Ambra, 23, lives in North Carolina. Meanwhile her lookalike Jennifer is 33 and from Texas. According to Jennifer, they were matched on Twin Strangers within five minutes of the 33-year-old joining the site. The site works by finding almost identical lookalikes anywhere in the world. It was set up by Niamh Geaney, 26, who made headlines earlier this year after she found her own near-identical stranger online.

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Twin Strangers has now uploaded a touching video of the moment Ambra and Jennifer met. The 23-year-old from North Carolina flew all the way to Texas to meet her lookalike Jennifer, who is a decade older.

Ambra said the experience was a little nerve wracking, before adding: "When I met her [Jennifer] I was like oh my goodness... She really does have my face." Ambra was also introduced to Jennifer's mother, who exclaimed: "You look so much like my daughter, your smiles are the same. How is this possible?" The duo then had matching makeup and hair done, as well as the same clothing selected for a photoshoot. The results of which are pretty incredible.

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Ambra [left] and Jennifer [right]

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Growing a penis at 12: the 'Guevedoce' boys of the Dominican Republic
By Dr Michael Mosely
20 September 2015

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I hated going through puberty; voice cracking, swinging moods, older brother laughing at me.

But compared to Johnny, who lives in a small town in the Dominican Republic, I had it easy. We came across Johnny when we were filming for a new BBC2 series, “Countdown to Life”, which looks at the consequences of normal, and abnormal, developments in the womb.

Johnny is known as a “Guevedoce”, which literally means, “penis at twelve”. And the reason he’s called that is because, like 1 in 90 of the boys in the area, he first started to grow a penis when he was going through puberty. Guevedoces are also sometimes called “machihembras” meaning “first a woman, then a man”. When they’re born they look like girls with no testes and what appears to be a vagina. It is only when they near puberty that the penis grows and testicles descend.

Johnny, who is now in his 20s, was once known as Felicita. He was brought up as a girl and remembers going to school in a little red dress. When he was young he would happily play with other little girls, but after the age of seven he started to change. “I did not feel good, I no longer liked to wear a skirt, and I was no longer drawn to play with girls. All I wanted to do is play with toy guns and boys”. When he turned obviously male he was teased at school because”, as he put it, “it is hard to imagine a girl that is now is a boy”.

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Johnny, who was seemingly born as a girl but turned into a boy aged seven

One of the first people to study this unusual condition was Dr Julianne Imperato, a Cornell endocrinologist. She travelled to this remote part of the Dominican Republic in the 1970s because of strange rumours about girls turning into boys. She eventually unraveled the mystery of what is going on and by doing so helped make a surprising medical breakthrough.

At conception we all inherit a set of genes from our parents that will, in time instruct our bodies to make us male or female. But for the first few weeks of our lives human embryos are neither. Instead we have a protrusion called a tubercle. If you’re genetically male the Y chromosome instructs the gonads to become testicles. They also send testosterone to the tubercle, where it is converted into a potent hormone called dihydro-testosterone This transforms the tubercle into a penis. If you’re female and don’t make dihydro-testosterone then your tubercle becomes a clitoris.

When Dr Imperato investigated the Guavadoces she discovered the reason they don’t have male genitalia at birth is because they are deficient in an enzyme called 5-α-reductase, which normally converts testosterone into dihydro-testosterone. So they appear female when they are born, but around puberty, when they get another surge of testosterone, they sprout muscles, testes and a penis. Apart from being slightly undersized everything works and the Guavadoces normally live out their lives as men, albeit with wispy beards and small prostates.

By a quirk of chance Dr Imperato’s research was picked up by the American pharmaceutical giant, Merck. They used her discovery to create a drug called finasteride, which blocks the action of 5-α-reductase. IT is now widely used to treat benign enlargement of the prostate and male pattern baldness. For which, I’m sure, many men are truly grateful.

Since he’s become male Johnny has had a number of short term girlfriends, but he is still looking for the love of his life. “I’d like to get married and have children, a partner who will stand by me through good and bad”, he sighs wistfully.

Source: Telegraph UK.

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Homosexuality Gene May Predict Sexual Orientation of Men
By Randy Dotinga
October 8, 2015

Scientists are reporting that they've linked the way genes in certain regions of the human genome work to influence sexual orientation in males.

The findings don't explain how such variations in the workings of these genetic regions might affect sexuality in one or both genders. But the authors of the new study say they've been able to use this information to successfully predict the sexual orientation of male identical twins 70 percent of the time, compared to the 50 percent that would be expected by chance.

Twins have the same genes, so something else -- such as the way genes operate -- may explain those who don't have the same sexual orientation, the authors suggested. "Sexual orientation seems to be determined very early in life," said study lead author Tuck Ngun, a postdoctoral researcher at the David Geffen School of Medicine of the University of California, Los Angeles. "Based on these findings, we can say that environmental factors might play a role in sexual orientation."

But he doesn't mean the social environment in which we grow up, such as how we're treated by our parents. "Instead, we are referring to differences that the twins could have experienced in the womb," Ngun explained.

Several past studies have linked sexual orientation to specific genetic regions, "but what's still a mystery is the specific genes that are involved," Ngun said. "Sexual attraction is a fundamental drive across all species but it is something that is poorly understood on the genetic level, particularly in humans."

In the new study, researchers sought to better understand the links between how genes work -- not just the existence of certain genes or genetic variations -- and sexual orientation. The investigators looked at identical twins because they share the same DNA. However, genes are also affected by the environment each twin experiences, so they're not clones of each other in terms of how their bodies work, according to the researchers.

The researchers began with information on 140,000 genetic regions and narrowed them down to five regions that appear to have the ability to predict -- 70 percent of the time -- whether an identical male twin is gay or straight based on how genes in those regions work or "express" themselves.

The researchers reached that level of accuracy by seeing if they could predict sexual orientation in 10 pairs of male gay twins and 37 male pairs in which one twin is gay and the other is straight, the study said. "We weren't expecting 100 percent since we are only looking at a small part of the overall picture," Ngun said.

The genetic regions in question play various roles in the body, Ngun explained, including affecting sexual attraction. Qazi Rahman, a senior lecturer in cognitive neuropsychology at King's College London in the United Kingdom, who studies sexual orientation, praised the study. While it's small, the study's design is strong, he said. Rahman added that the study "tells us something about possible environmental differences -- albeit biological differences in the environment -- which might explain the sexual orientation of men who share the same genome."

Some people in the LGBT community have expressed concern about research into the biological roots of sexual orientation because they fear it could be used to target gays and even abort fetuses who seem likely to not be heterosexual. "I am gay, so these questions have a lot of resonance with me on a personal level," study lead author Ngun said. "I do think we have to tread carefully because the potential for abuse is there. Although I think it's highly unlikely that the findings of this particular research study would lead to a genetic test, future research could ultimately lead to something like that," he added. Society is going to have to work together, Ngun suggested, "to ensure research on sexual orientation is not misused."

The study is scheduled to be presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in Baltimore. Research presented at meetings hasn't yet undergone peer review, and is generally considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Source: US News & World Report

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Passenger seated on plane next to stranger who looks exactly like him
By Helena Horton
30 October 2015

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The two could be twins! Photo: Twitter/Lee Beattie

Have you ever wanted a twin? This man met the next best thing, when he sat next to a stranger who looked exactly like him on a flight.

The ginger-bearded man met his match, and was delighted to meet someone who looked exactly like him. They took a grinning selfie together on the flight, which was posted on social media by the friend of our hero's wife. She tweeted: "Guy on right is the husband of my friend. Guy on left is a STRANGER he met on a flight last night!" She later added: "I can't stop looking at it. They are the same man."

Lee's followers saw the resemblance too, and replied with Parent Trap gifs and other jokes.

Scientists have conceded that doppelgangers are statistically possible. However, because humans are actually not great at facial recognition, and we are clouded by bias - if someone says to you 'these two people look exactly the same', then you will try to find ways in which they do - we might think people who just look similar are exact copies of each other.

Daniele Podini from a forensic scientist and expert in facial recognition at George Washington University in Washington D.C told Science Line that based on the number of humans, and the fact that our genes combine randomly, it is likely that a few of us look similar. He points out that even so, there is a bias in claiming that someone looks exactly like someone else, because our perception is “filtered by our own experiences.”

When we see a face, every aspect of that person's face becomes part of a code. You might read someone’s face in the order: eyes, mouth, nose. The size and placement of her eyes dictate the way you see the rest of her face.

Another person might interpret these features in the order: nose, mouth, eyes. The brain gets the same signals, but the scrambled order places emphasis on the nose instead and adjusts the perception of the rest of the face. In this way, we all see each other differently, making the credibility of doppelgangers a bit suspect. However, it is undeniable that these men look very similar indeed - and it is a funny coincidence that they just happened to sit next to each other on a plane.

Source: Telegraph UK.

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Sperm donor has become dad to 54 children and even launched his own app
5 December 2015
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Andy Commins/Daily Mirror Sperm donor - Declan Rooney, 43, from Middlesbrough has fathered 31 children in a year. Pictured Declan Rooney with one of the many children he has farthered, Elijah Metcalf, age 7 weeks ,and proud parents L-R Coleen Roberts, 26 and Katie Metcalf, 24 from Stockton

Middle-aged, grey-haired and mild-mannered – it’s hard to believe that dapper Declan Rooney is a one-man babymaking machine.

But in a few months time he’ll have fathered FIFTY-FOUR in an astonishing crusade to help women struggling to have children. This year alone Declan has notched up 31 births after setting up an online sperm donation website last year. Now he even has a smartphone app offering his services as a private donor and a free alternative to clinics. And with 15 more buns in the oven, he has no intention of stopping – despite causing uproar among family campaigners.

Today Declan, 43 – who has eight children of his own with four different women – wants to hit back at critics of unregulated sperm donation, insisting in his case that everything is above board. Looking exasperated while nursing the result of one of his donations, Declan said: “I’m a nice guy. Why can’t people understand I am just doing this to help out?”

He insists he has not received any money as a donor apart from petrol expenses to deliver the sperm to the mother – once, he admits, in a takeaway coffee cup. “Egg donors get treated like saints, sperm donors get treated like back alley, smutty boys,” says Declan. “But I’m not doing a bad thing. I’m not ashamed. I have helped women create families.

And some like what he offers so much, he even gets repeat business. “I have seen five of the children in the past month because I have been donating for siblings,” he says. Declan insists he imposes strict conditions on his services, which includes no sexual contact and banning women from smoking while they are trying to conceive. He also checks potential parents out to make sure they can afford a child.

The former graffiti artist and website designer decided to start donating sperm in March last year. He said: “There wasn’t a eureka moment. I just felt as I was in the right place and time of my life. “It’s not really on an industrial scale. The first children were born last December and will be one this month. “All of the recipients keep in touch. All the babies are healthy and happy. I have a watchful eye. They send me feedback and tell me how the children are doing.”

He knows that 17 of the 31 children born so far are boys and 14 are girls. After setting up his website, the requests soon started rolling in. “I’ve been inundated from the start. There were women who had been trying to have a baby for three or four years so it was very busy to begin with. I have helped people who have been to clinics where it’s failed, and it has worked first time with me. There are more babies born in the UK by private donation than through private clinics.

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Andy Commins/Daily Mirror Sperm donor Declan Rooney, 43, from Middlesbrough has fathered 31 children in a year Pictured - Scan is of Elijah Metcalf, who is now age 7 weeks

“It’s because it works – and I have a really high first time success rate, over 50 per cent. “I once had three successes in 24 hours, but I wouldn’t make a habit of it. You can’t control when a woman is going to ovulate. “Timing is crucial. You ask a lot of questions, about pee sticks, body signs, temperature. That all goes back and forth. A lot of guys think becoming a sperm donor is really easy. It’s not. You have got to have good swimmers.”

Declan says he warns women to stay well away from private donors who try to charge for their sperm, which is illegal. He says he has been offered “payments in kind”, but always refuses. “I’ve been contacted by people from abroad and offered free flights to the West Indies,” he says. “But I haven’t gone down that route. Long haul flights are not good for the swimmers.” Declan says almost 75 per cent of his donations take place in the homes of recipients, with another 20 per cent in hotels and the rest elsewhere. His most bizarre donation involved meeting a woman at a museum. He had to hand over a coffee cup of his sperm after producing it in disabled toilets. He ended up drawing unwanted attention to himself when he accidentally pulled the emergency cord on his way out.

Declan usually insists the recipients provide their own sterile sample kits. He says some of his clients simply want a baby without involving a man. “One was a victim of abuse. She was desperate to be a mum but adamant she never wanted a sexual relationship,” he says. “Another was in her early 40s caring alone for elderly parents. A sperm donor was her only way of getting pregnant as she had no time to meet a man. One lady was born severely disfigured and believed she was unable to have sex.I could have gone to bed with quite a few of my successes, but it’s not about that. It’s about helping other people. When I have been successful and get a message from the pregnant woman, it makes me happy.”

He says he’s only had one recipient “go missing” on him. “But her friends busted her,” he says. “It’s called sperm-jacking. She sent a picture of a negative pregnancy test, but her friends told me she was actually pregnant.”

Declan’s current partner knows about his donations and he says she is OK with what he is doing. But he adds: “My eldest child isn’t too happy about it, but she found out before I was able to tell her. Two of my children are at university. The others are too young to understand. I’m a nice person.”

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Andy Commins/Daily Mirror Sperm donor Declan Rooney, 43, from Middlesbrough has fathered 31 children in a year

Two of the women who have had children with Declan are already trying to get pregnant again. And five of his donor babies have met each other because the mums are friends. He says: “I have got things in place where everyone knows who everyone is, but privacy is still respected. I don’t pressurise people into telling me they are pregnant. “But everyone is playing ball and everyone is nice. I am doing the right thing by the recipients and they are doing the right thing by me.”

But Declan admits the pressure of being an in-demand babymaker has been getting to him, so much so he is scaling down his operation a tad. “Nowadays I try not to do more than two in a day. Maybe one in the morning and one in the evening,” he says. “Last December it was 40 in the month. I am winding it down. It’s about 10 a month. “It’s quite a stressful thing to do, donating and having a sexual partner at the same time.”

The prolific dad has a three-year-old boy, a two-year-old daughter and a year-old girl aged one from his present relationship. He is also aware that children conceived using donor eggs or sperm can trace their biological parent once they reach 18, in the same way as children who are adopted. So there could be a lot of knocking at his door in Teesside when he’s in his 60s.

One thing Declan is not concerned about is being stitched up by the mums he vets so carefully. “I’m not worried about CSA claims because of the people I’ve chosen to help. It’s all done on trust. I don’t expect any problems,” he says. “If the CSA do want to take it on, I’ll say, ‘I’ve got 50 kids, you work it out’.

Source: Mirror UK.

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Homo sapiens' sex with extinct species was no one-night stand
By Will Dunham
March 18, 2016

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Our species, Homo sapiens, has a more adventurous sexual history than previously realized, and all that bed-hopping long ago has left an indelible mark on the human genome.

Scientists said on Friday an analysis of genetic information on about 1,500 people from locations around the world indicated at least four interbreeding episodes tens of thousands of years ago, three with our close cousins the Neanderthals and one with the mysterious extinct human species known as Denisovans.

People living on the remote equatorial islands of Melanesia represented the only population found to possess an appreciable level of Denisovan genetic ancestry. These Melanesians, like most human populations, also had Neanderthal genetic ancestry. Many are involved in the immune system and likely helped protect against pathogens, and some play important roles in skin and hair biology, said University of Washington evolutionary geneticist Joshua Akey, who helped lead the study published in the journal Science.

The researchers analyzed DNA sequences from 35 people living on Northern Island Melanesia off the coast of New Guinea. These Melanesians were found to have about 2 percent Neanderthal ancestry plus an additional genetic contribution of roughly 2 to 4 percent from Denisovans. The non-African populations studied had roughly 1.5 to 4 percent Neanderthal genetic ancestry, Akey said. African populations do not have either Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry because those two species were never on that continent. Denisovans, discovered in the past decade, are known only from a pinky finger bone and two teeth from a northern Siberian cave.

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The robust, large-browed Neanderthals prospered across Europe and Asia from about 350,000 years ago until disappearing shortly after 40,000 years ago. Less is known about the Denisovans. The fact that the only known Denisovan remains come from northern Siberia but that their genetic contribution is seen in people living far away in Melanesia suggests Denisovans had a broad geographic range extending across Asia, Akey said.

Binghamton University molecular anthropologist D. Andrew Merriwether said the researchers also detected a contribution to people's genome from a fourth, unknown source. "So this paints a picture of probably at least four species of hominins (our species and extinct human species) alive at the same time and interbreeding at times over the last 100,000 years. Definitely not something most people supposed before 10 years ago," Merriwether said.

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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All blue-eyed people have a single ancestor in common
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New research shows that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor. This person lived more than 6,000 years ago and carried a genetic mutation that has now spread across the world.

The exact cause remains to be determined but scientists do know that eye color began to change long before recorded history began. All blue-eyed people have one ancestor in common, born around 6,000-10,000 years ago. Blue eyes are caused by a gene mutation. For years, researchers had searched for it on the OCA2 gene. The OCA2 gene determines how much brown pigment is in our eyes. But what they were looking for wasn't there at all.

The mutation was found on an entirely different gene called HERC2. HERC2 turns off OCA2, meaning it turns off the brown and reveals the blue. Every blue-eyed person has this exact same mutation. How did this mutation get its start? Possibly when humans migrated from Africa to Europe. This would explain why only people of European descent have blue eyes. It would also suggest that all blue-eyed people share a single European ancestor. Now, that's an impressive family tree!

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