Nothing to squirm about: Space station worms help battle muscle, bone loss

13 enero 2015

Two investigations on the space station help researchers seek clues to physiological problems found in astronauts by studying C. elegans — a millimeter-long roundworm that is widely used as a model organism. This simple, tiny roundworm could lead to a cure for symptoms affecting millions of the aging and infirm population of Earth, and the astronauts orbiting it, potentially offering a solution to a major problem in an extremely small package, scientists say.