NASA Life Sciences Research Highlights

These articles describe some of the most significant recent findings of researchers supported by the Human System Research & Technology Development Program, formerly the Office of Biological and Physical Research, of NASA. The downloadable PDF files require Adobe's Acrobat Reader software in order to view and print the form. If you do not have the software, you can perform a free download from the Adobe website.


radpt Space radiation, part 1: understanding the problem
radpt Space radiation, part 2: learning from experiments in space
uncovergen Uncovering genetic changes to explain the effects observed during space flight and aging
wastewater A novel technique for wastewater filtration in space and on Earth
littleshake A little shake up for healthy bones
transplant Transgenic plants help answer questions about the effects of space flight on plant biology
swpotato Genetic research produces a more nutritious sweet potato
standup Standing up to gravity: drug shows promise as treatment for orthostatic intolerance in astronauts
critperiod Establishing a critical period for vestibular development
plantsperce Research offers new biochemical insights into how plants perceive and respond to gravity

astronautStudy Astronaut study sheds light on role of balance organs in posture control
nasa scienctist develop NASA scientists develop world's smallest, lightest, high-performance mass spectrometer
Modele Microgravity "Modeled microgravity" increases virulence of common bacterial pathogen
StudiesofArtGravity Studies of artificial gravity yield insights into importance of touch in motor control
GravityShown Gravity shown to affect sperm function and fertilization
SniffingOutAir Sniffing out air quality with an electronic nose
RemoteCardiacMontoring Remote cardiac monitoring in the internet age
StudiesYieldNewInsight Studies yield new insights into how the brain distinguishes gravity from movements of the body
NewTechUses New technology uses "cold" plasma to break down pollutants, produce cleaner air
SpaceFlightStudiesExplor Space flight studies explore role of gravity in mammalian development

spinalcord Space research is enhancing our understanding of the control of muscle and movement and aiding patients with spinal cord injuries
psycho Psychosocial effects of long-duration space flight analyzed in Shuttle/Mir studies
immune NASA-supported research illuminates effects of microgravity on human immune system
seedtoseed Researchers achieve breakthrough by growing plants from seed-to-seed in space
virtualreality Virtual reality meets real-world medicine
eyetrack Eye tracking studies bring visual perception models into focus
faint Overproduction of nitric oxide may cause astronauts' fainting spells
spacesuit Designing a space suit to meet the challenges of long-term exporation missions
image1 Research on muscle atrophy in space points way to clinical applications
image2 Space-based research yields new understanding of muscle development
image3 Research on muscle fibers sheds light on why muscles weaken in space and on Earth
image4 Research on recovery after space flight may help Earth-bound patients recover from bed rest
image5 How plants respond to gravity: NASA-supported researchers find genetic clues
image6 Research offers intriguing evidence that mechanical forces regulate cell function
image7 Space flight experiments lead to discovery of previously unknown process that causes destruction of red blood cells
image8 Study of orthostatic intolerance leads to ground-breaking discovery of genetic defect in Earth-based patients
image9 Shuttle experiments are improving our understanding of how plants perceive gravity