Successful male contraceptive gel trial brings new form of birth control closer

Guardian, Tuesday 7 February 2017

A male contraceptive gel has been found to work reliably in a trial in primates, bringing the prospect of an alternative form of birth control for humans closer.

The product, called Vasalgel, is designed to be a reversible and less invasive form of vasectomy and in the latest study was 100% effective at preventing conception.

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  • Read full text of paper (open access) in the journal Basic and Clinical Andrology here 

‘My dog is family’: domestic abuse victims and the pets they can’t leave

Guardian, Thursday 16 June 2016

Leaving an abuser can be one of the most dangerous times for a victim. But if you have a pet, leaving is even harder. Almost half of abused victims will delay their departure if they cannot bring their animals.

Read more here 

Suite of five short videos on gender

TestTubePlus, July 2015

TestTube Plus is built for enthusiastic science fans seeking out comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love.

  • Every Sex & Gender Term Explained

When discussing hotly debated topics such as gender identity and the like, it pays to be well versed in the language and glossary terms so you can sound like you know what you’re talking about. Let Trace break down some need to know terms for you.

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  • Science Says There Are More Than Two Genders

Pink for boys and blue for girls right? No? What are societal gender roles anyway and are they good or bad to keep in our everyday lives?

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  • Animals Care More About Sex Than Gender

There was a study from Yale that found it’s actually really easy for most animals to change sex, and some will change and then change back!

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  • Does Gender Even Matter?

As humans our brains love patterns and gender is one pattern we have established to identify potential mates vs not potential mates. But do we need it?

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  • What Would A Post-Gender Society Look Like?

We’ve talked a lot about gender this week and its place in society. What would the world look like if gender wasn’t a thing anymore?

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