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Is the male Pill one step closer?

Scientists believe they new findings mean they may be getting closer to making a male contraceptive pill

Posted: 29 May 2012
by Sophie Westnedge
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Could the male Pill change our approach to contraception?

Researchers believe that they have made a vital discovery that means they could be one step closer to developing a contraceptive pill that works for men and the effects of which could be reversed, reports BBC News

Scientists leading the study at the Centre of Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh claim to have identified a gene, Katnal1, in mice that is key to the final stages of sperm production.

Researchers believe that if they could develop a drug that could interrupt this gene then this could be a reversible form of contraception.

"If we can find a way to target this gene in the testes, we could potentially develop a non-hormonal contraceptive,” said one of the researchers Dr Lee Smith.

“The important thing is that the effects of such a drug would be reversible because Katnal1 only affects sperm in the later stages of development,” said Dr Lee.

Exciting developments! But, would you trust your man to take it?

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