Mars travel: Radiations lead to higher risk of leukaemia in astronauts

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Image of Mars planet (Courtesy: ISRO)
Image of Mars planet (Courtesy: ISRO)

New Delhi : A new study over travelling to Mars has claimed that humans going to space have higher leukaemia risk as their bodies encounter with dangerous radiations during the deep space travel. The study has been conducted by scientists who are studying how a three-year space flight to Mars may affect astronauts.

A report from Press Trust of India mentioned that researchers are using human stem cells to measure the effect of deep radiations.

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The report mentions, "Using mice transplanted with human stem cells, the research team has demonstrated for the first time that the radiation encountered in deep space travel may increase the risk of leukaemia in humans."

"Our results are troubling because they show radiation exposure could potentially increase the risk of leukaemia in two ways," the report quotes Christopher Porada, associate professor at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in the US.

Recently, there was news that normal humans will also be given this opportunity to experience space travel. But, with the new study it is undeniable that the choice will be very high on risk.

NASA itself believes that impact of radiations is the most crucial aspect of travelling to Mars.