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UC San Diego takes blood cells to the final frontier

Researchers at the University of California San Diego launched blood stem cells into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to study stress-induced aging and how stem cells and their progeny transform into pre-cancer and cancer stem cells associated with leukemia and other blood cancers.

“It could tell us so much more about how aging and disease impact us so we can better counter it, not to mention how it will shed light on how our bodies adapt to living in and traveling through space. This is a long-term investment in an entirely new way to look at biological processes, and I believe it will be very worthwhile one,” said Catriona Jamieson, M.D., Ph.D.

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