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2015 Annual Meeting Web Casts Now Available!
You can now view all of the web casts recorded during the 2015 Annual Meeting.
NASA has announcing the release of the GeneLab Data System 1.0, the first version of NASA's open-access, online searchable data repository for Space Biology experiments. The GeneLab platform seeks to enhance the use of the International Space Station derived data for development of next generation research. This open access repository for spaceflight data will help to maximize the scientific return from the limited number of biological research opportunities in space. This open access data approach will help to foster innovation and discovery leading to advances for NASA Exploration and Earth-based benefit.
The scientific community is invited to log on to the GeneLab Data System, browse and download data, and to submit new data. Contributions are highly valued and enable the evolution of the data system. Users are also invited to provide feedback, through the Data System, to continually update and improve the capabilities and utility of GeneLab.
This initial 1.0 release of the GeneLab Data System, is part of a larger four-phased development approach to the GeneLab project. This iterative development approach is to enable community feedback and tailored updates to the system. The data system became publicly available on April 15, 2015, and can be found online at: http://genelab.nasa.gov/data
More information about GeneLab can also be found in the GeneLab Strategic plan at: http://genelab.nasa.gov/resources/GeneLabStrategicPlan_Baseline_2014.pdf
NASA announces the availability of preserved biospecimens from past Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) missions and related ground studies. Examples of past missions with available biospecimens include, but are not limited to, STS-131, STS-133, and SpaceX-4 RR-1. Detailed information describing the available biospecimens can be found on the NASA Life Science Data Archive (LSDA) website.
Click here to see the available biospecimens. To view the RR-1 Biospecimens, choose the “RR1” mission under the “payloads” category and then click “go.”
Biospecimens can be requested by filling out and submitting the Data Request Form on the LSDA website. All requests must be submitted via the Data Request Form to be considered. The NASA Biospecimen Sharing Program (BSP) Committee will review requests for scientific investigational use and relevance to NASA Space Biology objectives and 2011 NRC Decadal Survey priority recommendations for biological sciences in space ). It is expected that requestors have their own funding to analyze the biospecimens.
For further information, contact the NASA LSDA Biospecimen Point of Contact: Alison French at email@example.com
STUDENT FRUIT FLY EXPERIMENT on its way to the International space station CONNECTS FOUR organizations to foster young scientists
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (September 22, 2014) - Since its inception in November 2011, a student experiment called the Ames student Fruit fly Experiment (AFEx) was successfully launched on SpaceX-4 Dragon from Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, September 21, 2014. The student flight opportunity was attained by the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, and its organizational sponsor, Science and Technology Corporation (STC), a Virginia corporation headquartered in Hampton, Virginia. AFEx is being flown with NanoRacks, LLC, an industry leader in low-earth orbit space NanoRacks is working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement for the use of the U.S. National Lab. Under the scientific guidance of Dr. Sharmilla Bhattacharya and her team at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, AFEx, is an experiment designed to study the ability of fruit flies to withstand the conditions of an altered gravitational environment. There have been twelve bachelors and master level students that have worked on this experiment since its inception. The experiment will fly in an enclosed, environmentally controlled 10 by10 by 15 centimeter Nanoracks Module that will track the flight path of these flies. The experiment is important because it will tell us how oxidative stress, which is the breakdown of a basic biochemical process in cells, affects the neurobehavior of the fruit fly. For humans, oxidative stress has been implicated in the cause of many diseases, such as cancer and Alzheimer's and has an impact on the body's aging process. The most challenging part of the experiment was designing a high-resolution video system using a single camera and mirrors to capture the rapid and erratic flight path of the fruit flies during day and night cycles (i.e., infrared). The students were involved in every stage from conceptual design to developing the hardware and software.
NASA has been impressed with what the students have been able to achieve. “It’s amazing how the students have devised such a complex experiment and developed all of the systems to perform the research. NASA is committed to developing the next generation of space biologists, and these students demonstrated that they, indeed, have the ‘right stuff’ to do research in space”, says Sidney Sun, Chief of NASA’s Space Biosciences Division.
The experiment is the result of a quadrilateral agreement with between ASGSR, a gravitational science society who fosters young scientists; NanoRacks, LLC, a commercial space service provider; STC, a private company that values investment in the next generation; and NASA’s Ames Research Center scientist mentors who believe it is critical to train the next generation of scientists.
About ASGSR: ASGSR brings together a diverse group of scientists and engineers to encourage an exchange of ideas bridging basic and applied biological and physical science research and technology in space and on the ground. The organization is devoted to furthering the field of gravitational research. www.asgsr.org