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Astronaut blood samples will be compared before and after spaceflight
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- Title Astronaut blood samples will be compared before and after spaceflight
- Released 29/03/2005 4:34 pm
- Copyright James A. Sullivan - www.cellsalive.com
Loss of red blood cell mass, volume of blood plasma, and haemoglobin has been continuously observed in astronauts during space missions. This phenomenon has been termed “spatial anaemia” and the underlying mechanisms causing this are still not clear. This experiment aims to determine the degree of ‘stress’ that the red blood cells have undergone to bring about cell damage.