Space-traveling Algae Back for Analysis

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CTV News Vancouver reports that a team of scientists at the University of British Columbia recently sent baker’s yeast and algae to space in NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission to study the effects of weightlessness and cosmic radiation on living organisms.

The samples could provide insight into ways to protect future space travelers — and even cancer patients undergoing radiation-based treatments — from the DNA-damaging rays, according to Dr. Corey Nislow, a pharmaceuticals science professor at the university.

In August, ahead of the launch of NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission, which carried the samples for 42 days, Dr. Nislow explained the experiment in an interview with UBC’s communications department.

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