An interesting story from the N.Y. Daily News by Corky Siemaszko, with a soundbite from me:
Using his own spit and the Internet, a tech-savvy teenager tracked down the anonymous sperm donor who is his biological dad. . . .
“It shows that anybody can be a high-tech sleuth in this age,” said Daniel Solove, a professor at the George Washington University Law School and author of “The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age.” . . .
Sometime last year, the boy sent a swab of saliva and $280 to www.FamilyTreeDna.com, a DNA database that traces family trees – and is popular with descendants of Holocaust survivors looking for lost kin. . . .
Nine months later, the teen was contacted by two men who had registered with the site and whose Y chromosomes appeared to be close matches to that of the teen. Y chromosomes are passed down from fathers to sons.
Their surnames were the same, but spelled differently. So the teen went to another Web site, www.Omnitrace.com, where he plugged in the few details he got from the fertility clinic about his dad — date and place of birth, his college degree. A few keystrokes later, he knew which one was his dad. . . .