"New Frontiers in Biotechnology: Space"
The weightless environment, or zero-G, experienced during space flight allows scientists to understand how living organisms are affected by the absence of gravity. Commercial biotechnology investigations, conducted by BioServe Space Technology Center at the University of Colorado, focus specifically on how space flight can be used as a novel laboratory tool. Space research is used to develop pharmaceutical products, such as a drug used to prevent osteoporosis; finding ways to improve the efficiency of a manufacturing process, such as reducing the cost of making antibiotics; or enhancing agricultural crop yields. The unique knowledge gained from conducting biological research in space is geared towards creating or improving related applications on Earth, and may eventually lead to future products that have sufficient value to warrant manufacturing in space with subsequent return to Earth for sale.
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