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Japanese killifish heads to space again (Wired)

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Astronaut Fish Head to Space Station


First up, researchers plan to examine the Medaka (Oryzias latipes) fish, and look at the impacts of radiation, bone degradation, muscle atrophy, and developmental biology.

Medaka is a perfect specimen for research: the astronauts can see their organs through their transparent skin and they breed quickly in microgravity environments. Plus, the animal’s genome has already been fully sequenced, so it will be easy to recognise changes to the fish’s genes.

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That's awesome!! If I were an astronaut, I'd want to bring up fish so I wouldn't be as lonely! :)

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