CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – NASA is about to announce the winners of its latest Centennial Challenge for Growing Human Tissue in the Lab, and you can watch the process live.
On Wednesday (June 9), the space agency will announce two winners of the competition for growing and maintaining human tissue in a laboratory. land… The competition, which NASA announced five years ago, is part of a larger challenge to stimulate the technological development needed to achieve Mars while improving life on earth.
You can watch the launch live here and on the Space.com homepage, courtesy of NASA, or you can watch it directly from the agency. here…
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NASA’s Centennial Challenge program, launched in 2005, aims to “find revolutionary solutions to problems of interest to NASA and the nation” according to the agency… Other challenges relate to 3D printing of habitats, space robotics, and the conversion of carbon dioxide to sugar.
To solve this problem, researchers from 11 different teams across the country tried to create pieces of laboratory-grown human tissue for thick-walled organs such as the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. The fabric had to be at least 0.39 inches (1 centimeter) thick and the team had to keep it running for 30 days. A total of $ 500,000 was drawn.
NASA said three teams will receive cash prizes and winners will be announced on live news feed on Wednesday afternoon. The first place winner will also have the opportunity to send an exploratory investigation to International space station as part of an effort to expand their research.
This type of laboratory-grown vascularized tissue could help researchers better model disease and improve the development of new therapeutics for long-term deep space missions.
One of the 11 participating teams, Techshot, has already sent equipment into space that will one day be able to print human tissue in orbit. Them Biofactory (BFF) launched on Spacex replenishment mission in 2019. This project aims to 3D print tissues and even human organs such as hearts or lungs. The technology uses adult cells and proteins derived from adult tissues or chains of amino acids as a starting material for viable tissue.
The BFF printed several heart tissue samples before returning to Earth for some updates. The BFF’s next flight to the space station will take place later this summer, when it enters orbit in a spacecraft. Northrop grumman Spaceship Cygnus.
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