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When Heather Woock was in her late 20s, she started researching her family history. As part of the project she spit into a tube and sent it to Ancestry, a consumer DNA testing service. Then in 2017, she started getting messages about the results from people who said they could be half-siblings.

"I immediately called my mom and said, 'Mom, is it possible that I have random siblings out there somewhere?'" Woock says. She remembers her mom responded, "No, why? That's ridiculous."

Photo contributed by Lizz White.

The first season of the podcast “Sick,” from Side Effects Public Media, dives into the story of a fertility doctor who spent years deceiving his patients. His ethical breach was uncovered due to the growing popularity of mail-in DNA tests.

All IN: The First Season of “Sick”

Jan 6, 2020

The first season of the podcast “Sick,” produced by Side Effects Public Media at WFYI, dives into the story of a fertility doctor in Indiana who spent years deceiving his patients, recently discovered due to the growing popularity of mail-in DNA tests.

"Sick," a new podcast from Side Effects, is examining an Indianapolis fertility doctor who made headlines -- for all the wrong reasons.

In an eight-part serial, reporters Lauren Bavis and Jake Harper explore the fertility industry and one doctor's abuse of power — as well as the mothers, fathers and children living with the consequences of his actions.

Sick is a new investigative podcast about what goes wrong in the places meant to keep us healthy. The first episode is available now, wherever you get your podcasts.