(FreedomBeacon.com)- Scientists are cultivating stem cells in space to uncover new techniques to manufacture large quantities of stem cells to cure ailments.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is behind the operation that sent stem cells to the International Space Station (ISS) over the weekend.
Clive Svendsen, executive director of Cedars-Regenerative Sinai’s Medicine Institute, said the effort is the ninth of its kind to send stem cells to space from the U.S., China, and Italy. The initiatives are trying to overcome the challenge of growing vast quantities of stem cells under Earth’s gravity by conducting them beyond the planet’s atmosphere.
Svendsen added that in zero-G, there’s no force on the cells, so they may develop differently. The cells employed in the Cedars-Sinai experiment are pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). These compounds are used for treatments ranging from skin to blood cells.
ISS National Laboratory said that human iPSCs are useful for designing and testing personalized medicines. Microgravity may overcome several obstacles in the process by which stem cells proliferate and become other types of cells, which might progress the manufacture of iPSCs for the treatment of many diseases on Earth.
Cedars-Sinai leaders said they are delighted to pursue the study with the objective of enhancing therapeutic therapy.
“Going to space to boost stem cell production is consistent with the unique discovery activities at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute,” said Shlomo Melmed, MB, ChB, executive vice president of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Medical Faculty at Cedars-Sinai.
Melmed said this ambitious next step in the evolution of this forward-looking technology would enhance future cell treatments. The promise of regenerative medicine is out of this world.
The endeavor entails producing a similar group of stem cells on Earth for comparison. The stem cells aboard the ISS will be returned in a few weeks on a SpaceX spaceship and examined.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 blasted 46 Starlink satellites into space a week ago in an operation webcast live from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base. The Falcon 9 landed on a ship at sea.
The launch marked the 50th dedicated mission for the Starlink internet project. Starlink’s new satellites deployed around one hour after liftoff.