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How IIT wizards created a male contraceptive

April 01, 2008
Once upon a time, a scientist, rather an engineer-cum-doctor, toyed with an idea -- what if there were a male contraceptive? What if a simple injection to a male prevented unwanted pregnancy?

His ever-active brain started thinking and years of research followed. And after 30 long years, RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm under Guidance) was born.

The credit goes to Indian biomedical engineer Dr Sujoy K Guha and his group at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, his team spread across India, members at the ministries of health and family welfare, and researchers at the Indian Council for Medical Research for preparing this male contraceptive. So click here to find out more about how RISUG works and how it was born. . .

Text and photographs: Indrani Roy Mitra
Image: Dr Sujoy K Guha at his lab in IIT Kharagpur
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