And not just the Nobel-prize winning ones, either. The Chicago Tribune reports that as the first generations of anonymous sperm-donor babies reach adulthood, they're expressing unexpected interest in identifying--and contacting--their 'genetic dads.'
The phenomenon has brought some changes to the spermbanking business; some of the largest sperm banks now offer donors the option to agree to a post-18yo contact from any offspring. But the trend is also proving an emotional and legal minefield. For the donors, anonymity was as much a draw as the fifty bucks and the 1987 issue of Oui magazine.
As for the kids and their desire to know something, anything, about this giant void in their identity, well, it seems no one was really thinking of the children when the whole spermbank thing started. Gee, you mean an industry that's almost entirely dependent on college students masturbating for beer money doesn't think much about the future consequences? There's a surprise.