[sarex] Crabs Give Blood for Space Travel
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Fri Nov 17 06:46:37 PST 2006
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Crabs Give Blood for Space Travel
Soon, astronauts onboard the ISS will test a high-tech medical device
that uses primitive enzymes from horseshoe crabs to diagnose human illness.
Nov. 16, 2006: Picture this: You're on a mission to Mars, halfway there
from Earth, and you're not feeling well. Your throat hurts when you
swallow, your forehead is hot. You don't want to get sick or infect your
crewmates. Should you take an antibiotic? If so, which kind?
With a new biological laboratory on a chip being developed at NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in partnership with
outside researchers, you may be able to get the answer in as little as
The mini-lab goes by the maxi-acronym LOCAD-PTS, which stands for
Lab-On-a-Chip Application Development–Portable Test System. The latest
version is a handheld device slated for launch this December aboard
shuttle mission STS-116 for testing on the International Space Station.
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