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Manhattan Cryobank Didn't Properly Screen for Genetic Diseases: Lawsuit by Gresham Says

Thousands of children conceived with the help of a Manhattan sperm bank could be vulnerable to to horrible genetic diseases thanks to a botched screening process, a new federal lawsuit charges.

Manhattan Cryobank failed to properly screen the sperm donations it collected before Nov. 1, 2014, when it updated its screening procedures — yet continued to peddle the donor goods until this past July, the lawsuit says.

That means that hundreds and up to thousands of children conceived with the sperm bank’s help could now be open to inherited “life threatening and deadly genetic diseases,” the suit says.

The sperm bank opened in 2006.

“MCB claims on its website to be a ‘leading sperm bank with a large and diverse selection of rigorously screened sperm donors,’ ” according to the Manhattan federal-court lawsuit filed Friday. Yet “for years, MCB sold sperm to the public which it knew could contain genetic diseases.”

The two plaintiffs — Pennsylvania moms Ruth Perez and Andrea Frankiewicz — say that while their children are OK, the kiddies had to undergo the trauma of genetic testing while the parents went through the pain of fearing the worst.

Thousands of children conceived with the help of a Manhattan sperm bank could be vulnerable to horrible genetic diseases thanks to a botched screening process, a new federal lawsuit charges.

Manhattan Cryobank failed to properly screen the sperm donations it collected before Nov. 1, 2014, when it updated its screening procedures — yet continued to peddle the donor goods until this past July, the lawsuit says.

That means that hundreds and up to thousands of children conceived with the sperm bank’s help could now be open to inherited “life threatening and deadly genetic diseases,” the suit says.

The sperm bank opened in 2006.

“MCB claims on its website to be a ‘leading sperm bank with a large and diverse selection of rigorously screened sperm donors,’ ” according to the Manhattan federal-court lawsuit filed Friday. Yet “for years, MCB sold sperm to the public which it knew could contain genetic diseases.”

The two plaintiffs — Pennsylvania moms Ruth Perez and Andrea Frankiewicz — say that while their children are OK, the kiddies had to undergo the trauma of genetic testing while the parents went through the pain of fearing the worst.

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