Microgravity simulation by diamagnetic levitation: effects of a strong gradient magnetic field on the transcriptional profile of Drosophila melanogaster

@inproceedings{Herranz2011MicrogravitySB,
  title={Microgravity simulation by diamagnetic levitation: effects of a strong gradient magnetic field on the transcriptional profile of Drosophila melanogaster},
  author={Ra{\'u}l Herranz and Oliver Larkin and Camelia E. Dijkstra and Richard J. A. Hill and P. M. Anthony and Michael R. Davey and L. Eaves and Jack van Loon and F Javier Medina and Roberto Hern{\'a}ndez Marco},
  booktitle={BMC Genomics},
  year={2011}
}
Many biological systems respond to the presence or absence of gravity. Since experiments performed in space are expensive and can only be undertaken infrequently, Earth-based simulation techniques are used to investigate the biological response to weightlessness. A high gradient magnetic field can be used to levitate a biological organism so that its net weight is zero. We have used a superconducting magnet to assess the effect of diamagnetic levitation on the fruit fly D. melanogaster in… CONTINUE READING
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