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Oregon Scientist One of 11 Trying To Build A Better Condom

OPB | Dec. 30, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 30, 2013 3:05 p.m.

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In an effort to curb sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, particularly in the developing world, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding 11 different efforts to try to create a condom men will be more likely to wear.

One of the 11 scientists whose proposal was chosen for the initial round of funding is Richard Chartoff at the University of Oregon’s Polymer Characterization and Thermal Analysis Laboratory. He says he’s aiming to create a non-latex condom that will shrink to fit when it’s affected by body heat.


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