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Originally published December 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM | Page modified December 23, 2013 at 3:21 AM

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UO professor among those building better condom

A professor at the University of Oregon is among those working on a project to develop a better condom.


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EUGENE, Ore. —

A professor at the University of Oregon is among those working on a project to develop a better condom.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1bZwnVf) that Richard Chartoff is a polymer scientist who wants to make an ultra-thin polyurethane condom that would shrink to fit like an extra layer of skin.

Chartoff's concept is one of 11 ideas that have received a $100,000 exploration grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Projects could receive additional funding up to $1 million.

The Seattle-based Gates Foundation issued a challenge to scientists after finding that men prefer not to wear condoms. The idea is to increase condom use, especially in developing countries, to help prevent disease and unplanned pregnancies.



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