The discovery of a key gene in sperm development may help researchers design a male contraceptive that (unlike conventional contraceptives) would not disrupt the production of hormones and would perhaps avoid such hormone-related adverse effects as irritability, mood swings, and acne (Smith LB et al. PLoS Genet. 2012;8:e1002697). The finding could also provide new information on male infertility.
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