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Analysis of effect on reproductive ability of mice reared on International Space Station/Kibo

Last Updated: October 18, 2019

A team of researchers led by Professor Masahito Ikawa from the Research Institute for Microbial Diseases of Osaka University, in a joint research project with Professor Satoru Takahashi from the Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba and researchers from JAXA, evaluated the reproductive organs and sperm fertilizing ability of male mice that were raised in the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" of the International Space Station in 2016. In this JAXA's first mouse habitat mission (MHU-1), all mice were successfully returned to Earth in living condition after long-term (35 days) rearing on ISS for the first time in the world. The team revealed that these mice had the normal sperm fertilizing ability and that their next-generation mice also had the normal ability to grow and the normal sperm fertilizing ability without any influence of their parent generation. These are the world's first findings and the results will constitute the basic knowledge for humankind to expand it fields of activities toward space.

The results of this joint research were published on Scientific Reports on September 24, 2019.

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Title: "Male mice, caged in the International Space Station for 35 days, sire healthy offspring"

Related topics: Matsumura T#, Noda T#, Muratani M, Okada R, Yamane M, Isotani A, Kudo T, Takahashi S and Ikawa M (#: Coauthor)

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