Hibernating zebrafish offer lessons for healthy human spaceflight

Astronauts have to contend with a range of health risks when venturing into space, but scientists believe entering a form of hibernation might help on extended journeys

Getting humans safely to a place like Mars is going to pose all kinds of scientific challenges, and a particularly pressing one centers on the rather important issue of human health. Astronauts enduring long-periods in space may be in danger of changes to the gut microbiome, reactivation of dormant viruses, leukemia and malfunctioning mitochondria, just to name a few examples, but new research in zebrafish has demonstrated how induced hibernation may help limit the risk.

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