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Teaching Why are scientists trying to manufacture organs in space?

Why are scientists trying to manufacture organs in space?

Gravity influences cellular behavior by impacting how protein and genes interact inside the cells, creating tissue that is polarized. This is a fundamental step for natural organ development. The bad news is gravity is against us when we try to do this in the lab on Earth. Creating complex three-dimensional tissues for medical transplantation is challenging. This is difficult because of the limitations of bio-reactors used on Earth.

Alysson R. Muotri, Professor of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California San Diego
The Conversation


Why do scientists want to grow organs in space?


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