Old age is the biggest challenge for human beings. Scientists have long been looking for ways to cope with old age and to avoid it. Now there is hope for help from rats in this quest. For this purpose, the American space agency is sending rat over NASA International Space Station (ISS). Understanding the process of aging can be possible for scientists by studying the effects of space conditions on the body of mice.
NASA said that keeping the age-old rats in the earth and space will affect the impact on the body due to old age and the effects of diseases due to age will be studied. US National Lab scientist Michael S. Robert said, ‘Our objective is to keep mice in the atmosphere of minimal gravity and to understand the change in their body. Tissues of living organisms are very important in terms of biomedical research. But going into space is very difficult to gather data for this study.
The goal of this campaign is to provide the scientists engaged in biomedical research on earth to provide the tissues of rats that are in space so that they can do their studies. Different age rats will be sent in space for different periods for testing. One group of young rats (10 to 16 weeks of age) and one group will be of old rats (30 to 52 weeks of age). They can be sent for a period of 30 and 60 days.
Help in understanding old age
It has been found in previous studies that spending time in space reduces bone density (bone density), affecting the work of the immune system and causing heart problems. This effect affects both humans and mice. All these changes on Earth are symptoms of aging. Scientists say that this study can also get a way to understand the process of old age and possibly prevent it.