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Technology meets medicine: Wireless birth control

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A microchip could be the newest form of birth control.

Researchers at MIT and a biomedical company said it could deliver tiny amounts of hormone, like a birth control pill, when it was implanted under the skin.  They said it could also hold enough hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to 16 years.
   
When a woman wanted to conceive, she or her doctor could turn off the device with a remote control.  Researchers are working now to make sure it couldn't be hacked.

Microchips President and CEO, Bob Farra, said, "The remote control must be put up against the skin in order to establish communication. The reason we do that is we want people to have close range communication to prevent anyone from listening in to the encrypted signal."

Researchers plan to test the technology in women next year.  The device would cost about $1,000.


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