Who you call­ing space worm?

The Kids Post - - Learning -

A team of young sci­en­tists beat out 30 other groups to send their science project into space, us­ing a test tube and 30,000 tiny worms. The science squad, com­posed of 10 stu­dents from the Univer­sity of Toronto and the Univer­sity of Toronto Schools (UTS), won their bid to con­duct mi­cro­grav­ity ex­per­i­ments in space as part of the Stu­dent Space­flight Ex­per­i­ments Pro­gram. Af­ter the worms blasted off, they spent six weeks on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. Fund­ing their en­deav­ours with $40,000 from a Kick­starter cam­paign and oth­ers, the science squad wanted to find out if a pro­tein (ASM-2) that seemed to link to mus­cle at­ro­phy in ALS pa­tients and as­tro­nauts alike could be stud­ied in a weight­less en­vi­ron­ment. The re­sults could lead to new re­search in po­ten­tial ALS treat­ments.

SCIENCE SQUAD L–R: Annabel Gravely, Amy Free­man and Alice Vlasov

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