Sperm and squid in space

Scientists fertilise eggs with sperm frozen in space for 5 years, and squid head for the ISS
22 June 2021
Presented by Chris Smith

Competing sperm

Competing sperm


Scientists have reported on some unusual things flying in space recently. In one paper, sperm, stored aboard the International Space Station for the last 5 years has been brought back to Earth and used to fertilise eggs. The aim was to assess its viability. Also, a consignment of glow-in-the-dark bobtailed squid headed spacewards to look at how microgravity affects the relationship between host animals and the microbes they carry on and in them. Westminster University astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell talked Chris Smith through the different projects...


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