GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have identified a gene responsible for the production of healthy sperm which may cause temporary infertility if obstructed, making it possible to eventually develop a male pill.
The gene, called Katnal1, was discovered during experiments in infertility in mice, in which random modifications of the gene codes were carried out.
Lee Smith, one of the researchers involved in the study told the BBC, “If we can find a way to target this gene in the testes, we could potentially develop a non-hormonal contraceptive”. He explained that if the gene was blocked, the testes would continue to produce sperm, albeit immature and ineffective, and not developing to its final stages.
Male contraception is currently limited to condoms and vasectomy.
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