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Thursday October 11, 2007

Mission in space

DURING the eight days that Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor will spend on the International Space Station beginning Friday, he will collaborate with other scientists on various space medicine experiments considered beneficial to the Malaysian population specifically and to the world in general. 

The Angkasawan will conduct research which can lead to significant short- and long-term advances in many fields such as: 

  • Cells in space – To study the effects of microgravity and space radiation on cancer cells with the aim of learning more about cell behaviour and activity, and tissue repair; 

  • Microbes in space – To study the effects of microgravity and space radiation on bacterial growth, drug resistance and the genetic mechanisms controlling them; and 

  • Protein crystallisation in space – To crystallise two proteins to study their molecular structures, and obtain new information for future industrial applications.  

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