ITDD Publication Highlighted in ACS Press Release

Publication date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018

A paper authored by Drs. Gunda Georg, Jon Hawkinson, Kwon Ho Hong, and Shameem Sultana Syeda, all from the Institute for Therapeutics Discovery and Development, was publicized in the most recent press release of the American Chemical Society. The paper explores the potential of the plant extract ouabain as a male contraceptive agent. Ouabain has long been used by African hunters as the lethal agent for poison-tipped arrows, but in small doses it has also shown efficacy in lowering fertility rates in males. By creating a modified version of ouabain that only inhibits sperm motility, the ITDD group was able to achieve infertility in live rats. You can read the abstract and download the paper here.