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The Go-To Guy

In Newsweek, Kirk Maxey discusses his reasons for joining the Personal Genome Project — Maxey was a major sperm donor for a fertility clinic in Michigan for about 14 years.

"I had this 'Oh my God' moment, thinking, how many kids have been produced?" he says. "I thought the doctors were keeping track of each birth, but when I realized they weren't, I began to worry. What if they start dating one another?" He also began to worry about their genetic health. "I wanted to know if I have anything totally lethal or deranged or recessive in my genes that I may have passed along."