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“Kits” for male contraceptive pill

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 19 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:468
  1. Abi Berger
  1. BMJ

    The male contraceptive pill could become a reality after some surprising findings from California. Molecular biologists at the Salk Institute in La Jolla have been studying cellular communication systems.

    Dr Tony Hunter and his team have been investigating the ways cells respond when stem cell factor binds to kit/SCF-R, a tyrosine kinase receptor that sits across cell membranes.

    “We already know that when stem cell factor binds to this particular receptor, signalling processes are triggered that result in the production of healthy red blood cells, melanocytes, and gametes,” said Dr Hunter.

    Dr Hunter's team set out to investigate exactly what role one of the many receptor activated signalling pathways has …

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