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"If I had to get a new Ph.D. now, I'd get it in polymer engineering - the manipulation of matter."
- Bart Kosko

Freedom Machine  
  A birth control device developed using nanotechnology.  

Most of the devices that work with human reproduction are either very simple devices that impose a barrier between the sperm and the egg (which require some element of foresight to use), or they manipulate hormones, which has a number of side-effects.

...she had been using something called a Freedom Machine - a mite that lived in your womb and caught eggs and ate them.
From The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam Books in 1995
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Stephenson proposes a very tiny machine that would live inside of a woman's fallopian tube and grab each egg that came along before it had the chance to encounter any sperm cells that might be passing by. Assuming that the nanomachine was well-trained, and didn't start attacking other cells that passed by, this could work.

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