The researchers aboard on the SpaceX’s CRS-17 Dragon are on a mission to find a potential new target site for cancer treatment have started their investigation the moment they landed on International Space Station (ISS). Another investigation named the Spaceflight Effects on Vascular Endothelial and Smooth Muscle Cell Processes is also being handled by the Dragon researchers. The STaARS BioScience-3 is an investigation wherein the examination of the cardiovascular disease is carried out by detailing out transcriptomes of vascular cells, which sums up all messenger ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules that are articulated from organism’s genes.
The researchers mainly want to study how the microgravity can have a dramatic effect on the vascular cells causing complete damage. The post-flight astronaut medical examinations have shown a difference in the cells when on Earth or in space. The cardiovascular disease sufferers have shown an alteration the vascular cells and it is the reason the researcher chose to study these cells. The dysfunctional vascular cells are the factor contributing in the beginning of cardiovascular diseases. The researchers believe that after studying the alterations or measly changes when in space could help understand some vital details in the development and progression of cardiovascular disease and also aid in treatment enhancements. This new experiment can prove to become a novel genesis in case of cardiovascular damage repair alternatives on Earth.
The researchers basically only want to help everybody understand the effect of microgravity on the human heart. This experiment will shed some light on the effects and give in some important medical data so as to aid in future long-duration space missions and other planetary colonization plans. The SpaceX’s CRS-17 Dragon is set to study cancer targets, heart health, and kidney health for developing novel controlled-release drug delivery systems. The researchers have already started with their National Cancer Institute NeXT Space Crystallization Program 18 or PCG-18 experiment on the ISS.