November 15, 2012

Advice to Astronauts: Freeze Your Sperm

Irene Klotz, Discovery News


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Researchers have some advice for astronauts planning families after they return from long stays in space -- freeze your eggs or sperm before you go.

Studies on rats haven't sorted out whether it's the radiation, the impacts of microgravity on the hormonal system, or a combination of both that is responsible for damage to testes and ovaries during spaceflight and in ground-based experiments that simulate weightlessness.

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TAGGED: Eggs, Sperm, Radiation, Reproduction, Astronaut

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