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Bill Gates Gives $100G To Dozens Of Scientists To Develop Next-Generation Condom

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Indian researcher is working on the next generation of condoms which will be thinner and biodegradable. (Getty Images)

Indian researcher is working on the next generation of condoms which will be thinner and biodegradable. (Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded more than 50 $100,000 grants to help develop a greener, next-generation condom.

One of the Grand Challenges Explorations grants went to Arizona State University researcher Shengxi Chen.

According to an Arizona State press release, Chen will use his 18-month grant to make a “more breathable, skin-like condom that mimics the membrane design of living cells to increase pleasure and enhance performance.”

Chen said in the release, “I want to develop a new polymer-based chemistry in which we could coat a condom to modify its surface for optimal performance.”

This is the second Grand Challenges Grant that Chen has received. In 2012, Chen was awarded a grant to design and prepare low-cost ways to help stop the spread of HIV.

Researchers from India and Australia also were awarded grants to build these condoms.

Grand Challenges Explorations is a $100 million initiative funded by the Gates Foundation that was launched in 2008.

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