AT LAST: Male birth control may actually become a reality. And it will (of course) be reversible.

A blast of ultrasound to the testicles can safely stop sperm production for 6 months. BBC News quotes researcher James Tsuruta as saying, “We think this could provide men with up to six months of reliable, low-cost, non-hormonal contraception from a single round of treatment. Our long-term goal is to use ultrasound from therapeutic instruments that are commonly found in sports medicine or physical therapy clinics as an inexpensive, long-term, reversible male contraceptive suitable for use in developing to first world countries.” It could eventually spread to third world countries, where the need is great and conventional means of contraception are had to find.

Since most geeks are male, it seems sensible that trials are going forward thanks a grant from Microsoft: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $100,000 to this research.

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