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12/06/2012

Spinning contraceptives with nanofibers

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    A new contraceptive made of electrically spun nanofiber will dissolve in the woman's body, protecting her from both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
    The contraceptive will developed by electrospinning, which will create fibers from liquid in an electric field. The dissolved polymers and antiretrovirals will be manipulated to control shape, strength and solubility, and adhere to a collecting plate once they are formed. This will create a stretchy material that can function in a variety of ways, either by being inserted into the body or used to coat other contraceptive products, and will be programmed to dissolve in minutes, for immediate protection, or more slowly over time.
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