Caenorhabditis elegans in the flesh
Space Shuttle Discovery setting off in 2006, with 4,000 Caenorhabditis elegans aboard (Photo: NASA/Tony Gray)
Microscopic worm Caenorhabditis elegans may hold clues to the human colonization of space, according to scientists at The University of Nottingham. Research published by the university today indicates that C. elegans can reach maturity from egghood and successfully reproduce in space, just as it does on Earth. Now the worm is a prime candidate to form an advance party to Mars in order to examine the effects of long-distance space travel on earthly organisms.
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