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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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Study Says, Fish Oil Supplements Cause No Effect on Anxiety Conditions

For the findings, the research team looked at 31 trials of adults with and without depression or anxiety

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They found that the Fish Oil supplements had little or no effect in preventing depression or anxiety symptoms. Pixabay

Increased consumption of omega-3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that it will protect against conditions such as anxiety and depression, but researchers have now found that fish oil supplements have little or no effect on such conditions.

Omega-3 is a type of fat. Small amounts are essential for good health and can be found in the food that we eat including nuts and seeds and fatty fish, such as salmon.

They are also readily available as over-the-counter supplements and are widely bought and used.

The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that omega-3 supplements offer no benefit.

“This large systematic review included information from many thousands of people over long periods,” said study lead author Lee Hooper, from University of East Anglia in UK.

“Despite all this information, we don’t see protective effects, the most trustworthy studies consistently showed little or no effect of long-chain omega-3 fats on depression or anxiety, and they should not be encouraged as a treatment,” Hooper added.

For the findings, the research team looked at 31 trials of adults with and without depression or anxiety.

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Increased consumption of omega-3 fats is widely promoted globally because of a common belief that it will protect against conditions such as anxiety and depression, but researchers have now found that Fish Oil supplements have little or no effect on such conditions. Pixabay

More than 41,470 participants were randomised to consume more long-chain omega-3 fats (fish oils), or maintain their usual intake, for at least six months

They found that the supplements had little or no effect in preventing depression or anxiety symptoms.

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“Oily fish can be a very nutritious food as part of a balanced diet but we found that there is no demonstrable value in people taking omega-3 oil supplements for the prevention or treatment of depression and anxiety,” said study researcher Katherine Deane. (IANS)

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