Birth Control Pill for Men? Scientists Find a Hormonal on-and-Off Switch for Male Fertility

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Artist’s rendering of swimming spermatozoa.

A new research report published in the December 2009 print issue of The FASEB Journal could one day give men similar type of control over their fertility that women have had since the 1960s. That’s because scientists have found how and where androgenic hormones work in the testis to control normal sperm production and male fertility. This opens a promising avenue for the development of “the pill” for men.

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Bavarian Brewery’s ‘Erotic Beer’ – The World’s First Sexy Beer

 

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Jürgen Hopf’s Erotik Bier

A brewmeister in Bavaria is convinced that he has come up with the “world’s first sexy beer,” a tipple that will not only boost libidos, but also fertility and potency. Will “Erotic Beer” prove to be better than Viagra?

 

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Zebrafish Cloning Methods Improved

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These are zebrafish that were cloned in the Michigan State University Cellular Reprogramming Laboratory

A team of Michigan State University researchers has developed a new, more efficient way of cloning zebra fish, a breakthrough that could have implications for human health research.

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Excessive Laptop Use Can Impact Sperm Production

Excessive Laptop Use Can Impact Sperm Production

Exessive laptop use can lower sperm count 

Excessive laptop use may impact men’s ability to become dads, says a new study. “Laptops are becoming increasingly common among young men wired into to the latest technology,” said Suzanne Kavic, MD, director of the division of reproductive endocrinology at Loyola University Health System (LUHS) and associate professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and department of medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

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Do Women In Brazil Who Watch Soap Operas Have Fewer Babies (But More Men)?

Do Women In Brazil Who Watch Soap Operas Have Fewer Babies (But More Men)?

About 40M people watch Globo, the leading network in Brazil. 

THE glamorised world portrayed on the nightly telenovelas (soap operas) on Brazilian television is, superficially at least, about as representative of the country as a whole as Marie Antoinette and her shepherdesses were of 1780s’ France. But they are all about aspiration. About 40m people watch the mid-evening novela from Globo, the leading network. The action often takes place in Rio de Janeiro, where Globo is based, among families which are smaller, whiter and richer than average. New research suggests that by selling this version of the country to itself, Globo has boosted two important social trends.

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Moral Dilemma Of Artificial Insemination: What To Do With “Leftover” Embryos?

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Frozen human eggs at a fertility center. Photo: Mark Boster / LA Times

After successfully conceiving a daughter through in vitro fertilization, Gina Rathan and her husband Cheddi was faced with a moral dilemma they didn’t expect to encounter: what to do with the “leftover” preserved frozen embryos they created, but hadn’t used?

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