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Advancement on combating bone loss and muscle wasting in Space

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A sojourn in space is a great way to ruin one’s physique — the microgravity results in dramatic loss of muscle mass. Residents of the International Space Station exercise regularly to stave off the atrophy, but perhaps there’s another way. Scientists have now found that if they treat spacefaring mice with a particular molecule, the animals not only maintain their muscles, they even bulk up a bit.

The treatment also preserved and boosted bone density, another problem in microgravity, researchers reported September 7 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Can read more of the article here:

https://astronomy.com/news/2020/09/rodents-in-space-keeping-bone-and-muscle-strong-on-the-iss

 

Really happy about this as it will make moving between different levels of gravity easier and make living in lower gravity long term much more viable.

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14 hours ago, drumbo said:

Can this molecule be used to gain muscle here on Earth?

Looks like it.

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