• By Dennis Douda

The countdown is on: Stem cells heading to space

February 18, 2017


Stem cell research is about to get a boost that’s out of this world. If all goes as planned, the SpaceX CRS-10 mission will blast off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida this weekend to resupply the International Space Station. There will also be something extra in the payload: human adult stem cells.

After more than three years of planning and preparation, and with technical assistance provided by the Center for Applied Space Technology, Dr. Abba Zubair, a Mayo Clinic stem cell biologist is finally taking his quest for answers into orbit.

Dr. Zubair says, "We know stem cells grow differently using simulated microgravity. Primarily, our focus is to see if microgravity actually can help stem cells to expand faster, so that we can grow more of them to bring back to use for human application.” Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.

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