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Researchers Take a Step Towards Developing Male Contraceptive Pill

by Kathy Jones on  August 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM Research News   - G J E 4
The development of the elusive male contraceptive pill may be a step closer after researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston discovered a compound that led to temporary infertility in mice without affecting their sex drive.
 Researchers Take a Step Towards Developing Male Contraceptive Pill
Researchers Take a Step Towards Developing Male Contraceptive Pill
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The male contraceptive pill has been viewed as the next major milestone in contraception and the recent findings, published in the journal Cell, could provide a big boost towards achieving the goal. The researchers found that the drug, JQ1, affects a protein that is vital for the production of sperm and is present only in the testes.

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The researchers revealed that the testes of the mice that were given the drug shrunk and they produced a smaller number of sperms which were less mobile, with some of the mice also becoming infertile.

"This compound produces a rapid and reversible decrease in sperm count and motility with profound effects on fertility. These findings suggest that a reversible, oral male contraceptive may be possible", Dr James Bradner, who worked on the study, said.



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