Research on Contraception Still in the Doldrums

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Science  21 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5576, pp. 2172-2173
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5576.2172

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By 2020, about 1.2 billion people, or 16% of the world's population, will be entering their childbearing years. But contraception research hasn't produced a major breakthrough since the introduction of the birth control pill, and there are still only two choices for men: condoms and vasectomy. Most companies have been driven away by liability issues, tough government regulations in the United States and other countries, and concerns about profitability, a big problem for products for which the greatest demand is in poor countries.