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Starting life in space

Cornwall-Scoones, Jake and Zernicka-Goetz, Magdalena (2020) Starting life in space. National Science Review, 7 (9). pp. 1447-1448. ISSN 2095-5138. doi:10.1093/nsr/nwaa102.

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As far as we know, animal development is a process that is unique to our planet. That does not mean, however, that development beyond our realm is impossible. As it starts to become feasible for us to look to the sky for another place to call home, we may start to appreciate the gravity of this question. In this issue, Lei et al. investigate for the first time the repercussions of space travel on the first decisions made by mouse embryos. Developing a novel micro-incubator, capable of automatic micrography and fixation, harboring some 3400 two-cell embryos, they investigate the consequences of development after being projected into the stratosphere in the SJ-10 satellite [1].

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Additional Information:© The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of China Science Publishing & Media Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Published: 17 June 2020. The M.Z.G. laboratory is supported by grants from the Open Philanthropy/Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Weston Havens Foundation and the Rosen Institute Foundation. Conflict of interest statement. None declared.
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Official Citation:Jake Cornwall-Scoones, Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Starting life in space, National Science Review, Volume 7, Issue 9, 1 September 2020, Pages 1447–1448,
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