Mice sent to space on mission to find out more about bone loss

15 Jun 2017

40 mice currently orbiting the earth on the International Space Station could help further our understanding of bone loss and unlock the secrets of potential new cures, scientists have said.

The mice have been sent into space as part of a new study led by the University of California (UCLA) to test the proactive effects of an experimental bone drug.

The study will look into whether the presence of the drug, which contains the bone building protein NELL-1, can help to hinder bone loss in a microgravity environment.

In space, the zero-gravity conditions can result in decreased bone density – this is because bone strength is maintained by the skeleton bearing weight and responding to impact.

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