NASA studies body's ability to fight infection
Why do some people get sick while others stay healthy? Since space shuttle Discovery launched into orbit Feb. 24, it has brought NASA scientists one step closer to helping astronauts and the public discover ways to battle and prevent serious illness and infection. Discovery carried a six-member astronaut crew, critical spare parts, and 16 mice that are playing an important role in immune system research during its final flight and mission to the International Space Station. "The goal of our experiment is to discover what triggers and leads to an increased susceptibility to an infection," said Roberto Garofalo, principal investigator of the Mouse Immunology-2 experiment and a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
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