posted on May, 26 2012 @ 12:30 AM
New Type of Male Contraceptive? Key Gene Essential for Sperm Development Discovered
ScienceDaily (May 24, 2012)
— A new type of male contraceptive could be created thanks to the discovery of a key gene essential for sperm development.
Uh oh, nobody tell those who supposedly want population control.
The finding could lead to alternatives to the conventional male contraceptives that rely on disrupting the production of hormones, such as
testosterone. These treatments can cause side-effects such as irritability, mood swings and acne.
LOL, sorry, I just find it funny that a male contraceptive would disrupt testosterone, cause irritability, mood sings, and acne.... aren't those all
turn-offs for females?
If scientists can regulate the Katnal1 gene in the testes, they could prevent sperm from maturing completely, making them ineffective without changing
Sweet, now I can remain level headed, get the girl, and not produce a boy.
"The important thing is that the effects of such a drug would be reversible because Katnal1 only affects sperm cells in the later stages of
development, so it would not hinder the early stages of sperm production and the overall ability to produce sperm.
Ouch... there goes population control. Although, maybe still possible if people aren't aware.
Dr Lee Smith, Reader in Genetic Endocrinology at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Reproductive Health, said: "If we can find a way to target
this gene in the testes, we could potentially develop a non-hormonal contraceptive.
So... it's still not here yet, but the possibility is out there. Interesting none the less. I swear, they are finding a new gene every day that is
responsible for something... gift and a curse if you ask me.