Studying Impacts of Gravity on Essential Microbe-Animal Interactions in Analogue and Real Nonterran Environments

Katherine Baxter, Kevin B. Clark

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Abstract

Altered gravity may adversely impact microbe-animal interactions essential for host health, immunity and wellbeing. With the next decades of space exploration posing extreme physiological challenges, disruption of crewmembers' microbiomes by the gravitational continuum is an unknown hazard that requires immediate research focus to mitigate risk. In this paper we discuss current gaps in knowledge and recommend areas of investigation.
Original languageEnglish
TypeNAS Decadal Survey Concept Paper
Media of outputWhite Paper
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationWashington, D.C.
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • altered gravity
  • microbe-animal interactions
  • host health
  • immunity
  • wellbeing
  • space exploration
  • physiological challenges
  • extreme conditions
  • gravitational continuum

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