Baby Blues: Setbacks in Developing Male Contraceptives

#menaresofragile. Amused, I clicked the hashtag and learned that a clinical trial for TU NET-EN, an injectable male contraceptive, had been cancelled due to “intolerable side effects.” As I looked around the Internet that day, I saw that the hashtag reflected widespread outrage among women: we have had to stomach the unpleasant side effects of hormonal contraceptives for decades, and now an entire study is down the tubes because men can’t handle a little bit of acne? Continue reading Baby Blues: Setbacks in Developing Male Contraceptives

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Finding the Fountain of Youth

For thousands of years, explorers, adventurers, and conquerors have searched for the “fountain of youth,” a magical spring that grants longevity to those who drink from it. Today, the search continues, now led by explorers of a different kind — research scientists. Although modern scientists use pipettes rather than compasses, the popular field of anti-aging research resembles the quest for the fountain in its obsessive motivation to increase lifespan… Continue reading Finding the Fountain of Youth

One Big Science Man: What is (Im)Possible for Scientists with Money?

Craig Venter knows a lot, but there is also a lot that Craig Venter does not know. He knows the sequence of the human genome, having led the private-sector efforts to complete the project back in 2000. In the process, he showed that he also knows how to piss off a lot of people, prompting his critics to label him an egomaniac, and James Watson … Continue reading One Big Science Man: What is (Im)Possible for Scientists with Money?