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Web Date: June 10, 2013

Reversible Male Contraception With Gold Nanorods

Nanomedicine: Particles injected into testis tissue heat up and kill sperm cells when excited by infrared light
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: male contraceptive, fertility, reversible contraception, gold nanoparticles, photothermal therapy, sterilization

Men’s options for birth control have significant downsides: Condoms are not effective if used incorrectly, and vasectomies require surgery and are irreversible. Doctors and scientists have for decades searched for more effective and desirable male contraception options. Researchers in China now propose a nonsurgical, reversible, and low-cost method (Nano Lett. 2013, DOI: 10.1021/nl400536d). They show . . .

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