This article was originally published in Start Up
ReVas Inc. believes that vasectomy would be a more desirable form of permanent birth control if men knew that the procedure could be easily reversed. The company aims to develop such a method, inserting a nylon stent into the vas deferens to prevent sperm passage, with a portion left outside the vas for venting and to facilitate removal.
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