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Sterilization Using ‘Glue’ Being Studied

Wed., March 29, 1995, midnight

A doctor believes he has found a way to sterilize women permanently without surgery or scars: two squirts of a substance similar to Super Glue.

Researchers injected small amounts of methylcyano-acrylate, or MCA, into the fallopian tubes of 17 rabbits. After six months of mating, none had become pregnant or had complications, said Dr. Gregory Berkey, a radiologist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Berkey hopes the substance is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration so tests can be conducted on women.

Berkey presented his findings Tuesday at a meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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