NASA To Begin Experimentation Into Radiation With Monkeys

October 29, 2009

U.S. (ChattahBox) – NASA is set to begin irradiating monkeys as part of a study on the long term effects of low doses of radiation.

The study is meant to emulate the conditions of radiation on the human body during a trip to Mars.

It will require 18 – 28 monkeys to be exposed over time to radiation, and then be closely monitored by scientists and veterinarians.

“We realized there was a need for this kind of work,” Jack Bergman, a researcher on the project, said.

“There’s a long-standing commitment on the part of NASA to deep space travel and with that commitment comes a need for knowing what kinds of adverse effects deep space travel might have, what are the risks to astronauts. That’s not been well assessed.”

Being under close observation, they will be able to see various points of exposure, and monitor the effects on the health of the monkeys.

All are expected to survive.



3 Responses to “NASA To Begin Experimentation Into Radiation With Monkeys”

  1. Alan Lewin on November 2nd, 2009 12:24 pm

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  2. cable on November 16th, 2009 2:27 am

    Interesting article!
    I was shocked to learn that NASA intends to use squirrel monkeys for cruel experiments involving dangerous exposure to radiation. But i guess this frivolous experiment that purportedly aims to study the health effects of radiation in deep space. I will surely keep contact on this site regularly. Thank you!

  3. r4i on November 16th, 2009 2:55 am

    It is time to stop these kinds of studies. There is no justification for cruel, extremely cruel treatment of the animals, when other countries have already banned this. If animal studies were no longer allowed and scientist wanted that 1.75 Million, they would very quickly figure out another way to gather the information needed

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