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If you think the Duggars have a big family, consider this: Artificial insemination can result in dozens of children being conceived from the same sperm donor, according to a recent report in the New York Times. In one case, at least 150 sons and daughters have resulted from one donor -- a practice many say needs to be seriously reigned in.
So far there are no legal limits in the U.S. as to how many kids are conceived from one donor's sperm, which can mean large profits for clinics -- but critics are calling for new legislation. Creating a population of half-siblings raises the obvious questions about the negative effects of a common gene pool, like spreading rare genetic diseases and the unthinkable possibility of accidental incest, not to mention the psychological effects of a kid discovering he's merely one of 50.
To help navigate the anonymity surrounding sperm donation, one mother who conceived via sperm donor founded the site Donor Sibling Registry for families to track what the Times calls an "explosion of related half-siblings." Some of the donor moms and kids recently appeared on the Today show to candidly talk about much-needed regulation throughout the process. Take a look at the clip, and let us know what you think!