MUSCLE LOSS RESEARCH IN SPACE

On the 3rd June 2021 hundreds of C. elegans worms have been flown to the international space station
(ISS) to study the effects of muscle loss in space and how we can prevent it. The worms share many
of the biological characteristics of humans, they are affected by the biological changes in space,
including alterations to muscle and the ability to use energy. The research will build on an experiment
from 2018 and will test new molecular causes of, and potential therapies for muscle loss during
spaceflight.