Taking Tissue Models to the Final Frontier

Penn Engineering
Feb 28, 2019 · 5 min read
Containing living human cells, the Huh lab’s tissue-on-a-chip systems allow for in vivo experiments that would not otherwise be possible.

By Janelle Weaver

Some may think of outer space as a sterile environment, but infections are a common occurrence aboard spacecraft, where exposure to microgravity negatively affects immune system function. For example, about half of the astronauts who flew in Apollo missions reported minor bacterial or viral infections within a week of their return. Although data for U.S. missions are…