11 March 2019
Research findings from the Tianzhou 1 cargo space mission in 2017 have shown that the microgravity environment in space promotes heart cell differentiation of mice induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, providing new perspectives on future human space travel.
Researchers from China's Academy of Military Medical Sciences, Tsinghua University and the Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences took the opportunity during the Tianzhou 1 cargo space mission in 2017, to investigate how spaceflight may affect cardiac differentiation of mouse induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The researchers could show that microgravity enhanced the cardiomyocyte differentiation process of iPSCs. The scientists hope, that in the future, similar automated stem cell experiments may help to realizse personalised cardiac tissue biomanufacturing and drug test during space travel.
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link to the publication "Spaceflight Promoted Myocardial Differentiation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells: Results from Tianzhou-1 Space Mission" in "Stem Cells and Development"