Astronauts from Clemson University in US Believe Human Urine Can Help Safer Space Travel

In an effort to improve safe space travel, Clemson University researchers carried out the experiments

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The experiment has strong implications for safer space travel. Wikimedia
  • A team of astronauts from Clemson University has carried out a strange research
  • The research has carried out bioengineering of Yarrowia lipolytica Yeast Strains 
  • These strains will help in the production of Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are vital to human well-being

US, August 28, 2017: A team of astronauts headed by Clemson University’s Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Mark Blenner, bioengineered Yarrowia Lipolytica Yeast Strains which will further produce Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

The Yeast Strains of Yarrowia Lipolytica are known for feeding on urine. The team of astronauts have thought of capitalizing on this crucial fact.

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The bioengineered strains can also be used for producing polyesters that have tremendous property of molding into shapes.

During the research and experiment testing, the team was able to produce over 50mg of Omega-3 fatty acids. Further, 250 mg of plastic was also a result of this bioengineered yeast.

The objective of the research is of crucial importance to safer space travel. Stockpiling of food and bulky space supplies requires a huge space of the cargo room, which also used more fuel for it to move out of Earth’s gravity. So for a space mission, it is more efficient for the mission to utilize tools generated from waste compounds.

The Omega-3 Fatty Acid is stored inside the walls of the yeast as it grows. But how these fatty acids, that are vital for human health, be consumed?


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