This is the image of the moon taken from the new telescope of the JMU had come up against. (Credit: University Of Würzburg)
In the beginning there was Adam and Eve. In the early morning, it can just be an astronaut’s semen and Eve.
Spanish researchers have recently demonstrated that frozen human sperm is viable in the zero-gravity environments, as well as the space, creating the possibility of a cosmic sperm bank. The researchers presented their findings at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting to be held on Monday in Vienna, Austria.
“It is not unreasonable for you to think about the possibility of reproduction out of the Earth,” says Dr Montserrat Boada, a researcher at the Dexeus Women’s Health in Barcelona, the team worked closely with the engineers at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona, spain.
In theory, this could lead to the male astronauts, will be replaced by an all-female crew in order to reproduce, while in the area, the Daily Mail reports.
The concept isn’t as out-there as it seems to be this: In 2016, NASA has published a paperarguing that a single crew will be the best for the coherence for the long-duration exploration missions, and women are seen as “more cooperative” in the area, according to the 2014 study by the National Institutes of Health.
Previous studies have found that in the aerospace industry, causing a significant decrease in the movement” of live sperm, ” says Boada, but this is not the first to show that the frozen sperm cells are viable. In their sample, the analysis also looked at the energy, and the concentration of maternal cells and DNA fragmentation, all of which contribute to the fertility factor.
Club Barcelona-Sabadell, in Spain, the gametes travel in the area, with the help of a small plane, a so-called CAP10. The ship is often used in the training, and can provide for a low center of gravity, area for the duration of the eight seconds, the reproduction of that space. Of the 10 samples collected from 10 donors were sent out in the microgravity of 20 times during the experiment.
They found that the frozen space of the semen matched the terrestrial sperm, in terms of DNA fragmentation and vitality, and it came in at 90% as the concentration, and motility. Boada, of this 10 per cent difference, it is” more likely to be related to the heterogeneity of the sperm sample, then, is the effect of exposure to different gravity conditions.”
Boada, said she hopes the studies will continue in the long-term conditions and, eventually, to take the research to the actual area.
“As the number of space missions would be increased in the coming years, and the long-term, it is important to study the effects of long-term exposure of humans to the space in which to play them,” says Boada, who is willing to admit that it’s not going to be easy. “The best option would be to run the experiment with the help of a real space, but the access is very limited.”
This story was first published in the New York Post.