Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates expressed his support for scientists who study male contraceptives after providing huge financial support for their work through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It has been studied whether there is a pill that men can take to prevent their sperm from making women pregnant. Researchers at the University of Dundee have been one of many institutions researching this idea. After receiving US$1.7 million (£1.2 million), their work will now continue with more experiments, and they plan to use the funds in the next two years.
These scientists have developed a miniaturized parallel testing system using fast microscopes and image processing tools, hoping to monitor the rapid movement of sperm in a more precise way and help screen the effects of currently available drugs. Gates previously donated more than US$900,000 (£647,000) to the university’s research in 2018, and the new cash injection will help advance this important work.
Chris Barratt, a professor of reproductive medicine at the University of Dundee School of Medicine, said:
He was overwhelmed by the increase in funding, adding: “Since the advent of condoms, there have been no major changes in the field of male contraception. This means that the majority of the load of preventing not-needed pregnancies continues to go down on women. We would like to decree this difference crisis, and we have complete progression, thanks to the preceding round of financial hold up us conventional from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
At the ending of the two-year era, we look forward to spotting a high-quality compound that can enter the first stage of medicine development. “This will be an important step forward in this field, and might turn out to be the key to opportunity a new era of male contraception.”
For various reasons:
Research on male contraceptives has been hampered, including the lack of convincing studies that show that sperm must perform key functions after leaving a man.
Scientists have also encountered the problem of finding effective systems to screen the effects of known drugs. So far, most contraceptives have been targeted at women, including birth control pills, patches, and contraceptive rings.
Many people struggle with hormone-based contraceptives, and IUDs are described as painful when inserted. Although a lot of work has been done, apart from condoms, there is still no mainstream and health-approved contraceptive option for men.
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