SCIENTISTS send tens of thousands of worms to space to help investigate muscle aging in the elderly. The small transparent…
SCIENTISTS send tens of thousands of worms to space to help investigate muscle aging in the elderly.
The small transparent worms will go to the International Space Station as part of a government-guaranteed project to see whether two drugs can prevent or slow down muscle failure caused by microgravity.
Researchers hope research can help people with conditions like muscle dystrophy and diabetes.  Snakes are used because they have a similar muscle structure for humans.
They suffer from muscle loss under many of the same conditions as people do.
In space, the 1 mm long c-elegance worms will not have anything to push in to maintain their muscle mass and so quickly begin to lose strength.
This reflects the effects of the elderly on the earth and those who have conditions like muscle dystrophy and diabetes.
Hundreds of worms will fly to the International Space Station
Experts at Nottingham University hope that by either increasing the cellular batteries or improving their absorption of calcium, they will slow down process or even prevent it completely.
Dr. Bethan Phillips, Adjunct Professor at the University said: “We know that the microprocessing accelerates the effects of muscular disease that resembles when elderly skeletal muscle is linked to many systems in the body, such as the immune system, so health impact is not just lost motion, they are a lot more widespread.
“The worms have similar muscles to human skeletal muscle so that we can see if these drugs have a beneficial effect that may lead to new treatments for both astronauts and the elderly. “
Tim Peake missed almost 10 percent of his leg volume as he moved from his trip aboard the ISS
These experiments offer not only hope for the elderly on earth, but they will be crucial to the success of future colonies on the moon or March.
Astronauts can lose up to 40 percent of muscle mass on a long mission and 1 , 5 percent of his leg mass for each month used in space.
Tim Peake missed almost 10 percent of his leg volume when he touched from his trip on board the ISS.  The experiment is one of several funded by the UK Space Agency, which has provided nearly £ 3million before the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station on Tuesday.
The government says that aging is one of the “big challenges” and d One wants to add five extra health years of life in 2035.
A team from Liverpool will also send pipes of human muscles grown from stem cells to ISS to see if “heat shock” proteins can stop the inevitable drop in the muscles.
In the cells of older muscles fail to get stronger even when they train what researchers think may be due to inflammation in the body.
Researchers believe that heat shock proteins can help mitigate the effect.
Professor Malcolm Jackson, of the University of Liverpool, said: “Aging is one of the greatest challenges in the 21st century, and so the ability to use micro gravity to understand the mechanisms behind age-related muscle loss is really exciting.”
“There is some evidence that inflammation is behind the problems with aging muscles and if we can find a way to stop the inflammatory response it may be beneficial.
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“By sending cells to microgravity, we can look at the muscle aging response isolated without the spirits The effects of aging complicate the images. “ The University of Glasgow Strathclyde will also get nearly £ 1.3 million to investigate how shaking a fluid in microgravity involves solid particles to accumulate and from high-quality aggregates, instead of liquid particles are easily spread. 9659002] Scientist Sam Gyimah said, “This research will help those who have muscular conditions to live longer, healthier and happier lives and are an excellent example of our modern industrial strategy in action-transforming life on earth through out-of-this-world research . “
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