June 11, 2012
In a few years, you may be the one on “the pill.”
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have identified a gene responsible for an essential phase of sperm development. The discovery is an early but very important step toward the creation of a male contraceptive similar to the daily pill you’re always worrying your wife or girlfriend forgot to take.
The gene, which scientists are calling “Katnal1,” is responsible for a late stage of sperm maturation. What does that mean? If the Katnal1 genetic pathway is disrupted, your gun is locked and loaded but you’ll shoot blanks.