Cell morphological, ontogenic, and genetic reactions to 0-g simulation and hyper-g.


Organisms use gravity for spatial orientation, and differentiation into species during evolution follows geological processes which are caused by gravity. On the other hand, the task of most organismic functions which have or may have a relation to gravity is to compensate gravity. Furthermore, today it is very obvious that organisms do not disintegrate under the conditions of weightlessness, at least for the currently tested durations. These previous statements indicate a large field of still unknown regulation and adaptation mechanisms. Experiments to simulate weightlessness on the fast clinostat and with hyper-g show a highly developed ability of the genetic chain and of differentiating cells in being autonomous against mechanical stresses caused by outer accelerations. Nevertheless, different strong and slight changes of different tested end points were found. The question remains if the cells react actively or only passively.

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@article{Briegleb1982CellMO, title={Cell morphological, ontogenic, and genetic reactions to 0-g simulation and hyper-g.}, author={W Briegleb and J Neubert and A Schatz and J R Hordinsky and A Cogoli}, journal={Acta astronautica}, year={1982}, volume={9 1}, pages={47-50} }