Back in March, SW staff writer Vernal Coleman documented the quest of a University of Washington scientist hoping to invent the world's first male birth control pill in "Load Warriors." The race to perfect the contraceptive is worldwide. And if the news out of Israel is any indication, the Huskies are up against some formidable competition.
Haim Breitbart of Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv says he's developed a compound that temporarily inhibits the reproductive capacity of sperm. He calls this drug the "Bright Pill."
Mice given a low dose of the compound remain sterile for one month. Those given a higher dose are sterile for three months. But importantly -- and this is where the laboratory voyeurism comes in -- their sex drives remain steady.
"The mice behaved nicely," Breitbart told the website. "They ate and had sex; they were laughing and everything."