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Health & wellness

Researchers take a step toward male birth control pill

The half-century-long quest to ­develop a male birth control pill has just received a boost from an unexpected corner: a Boston laboratory working to craft potent anticancer drugs.

Scientists found that by injecting mice with a compound originally used in cancer research, they could interfere with normal sperm development, rendering male mice infertile. But, impor­tantly, when the mice were taken off the regimen, they could sire normal offspring.

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