Hotline fields 17 calls on Utah fertility clinic

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Utah says it has fielded 17 calls at a hotline about possible tampering of semen samples at a defunct fertility clinic once operated by faculty members.

Yet officials say they may never get to the bottom of a complaint that a convicted felon working at the clinic replaced a customer's sperm with his own, fathering a girl 21 years ago.

State and federal prosecutors tell The Associated Press they were unaware of the nearly year-old allegation and couldn't say if it warrants an investigation.

University officials say they're stumped because the mix-up happened long ago, the clinic shut down and the suspect is dead.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration regulates fertility clinics. An FDA spokeswoman wasn't immediately available Tuesday.

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