Growing Organs in Space? Scientists Taking Stem Cells to Space Station to Test Their Potential in Microgravity
Stem cell therapy is poised to change how many diseases are treated and even entire organs may one day be grown in labs before surgical implantation. Some scientists suspect that a gravity-free environment may promote the growth of stem cells, and even the organs they may differentiate into. To test this hypothesis, a team from Mayo Clinic is planning to send up a laboratory to the International Space Station to compare how stem cells grow in space while the same cells are grown in a lab on Earth.