Male Contraceptive Pill


The creation of an effective and reversible male contraceptive method (that isn’t the condom) is currently a hot research topic, as various institutes attempt to come up with a way of stopping sperm without doing any permanent harm. None of these attempts has yet resulted in a male pill, but now scientists have discovered a formula that just might work.

Described in the newest issue of Cell, this technique relies on a newly discovered compound that can effectively cross the boundary from blood vessels into the testis. The chemical is a thienodiazepine inhibitor called JQ1, which targets the protein BRDT, which is tied to sperm development.

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