Two-celled mouse embryos fully developed in space
In early April, China launched a microgravity satellite named SJ-10 into the atmosphere which carried 6,000 mouse embryos inside a compartment about the size of a microwave oven.
Mouse embryos were sent into space
Now the team claim to have received the images and some of the two-cell embryos have completely developed into blastocysts – which is the stage in its life where it implants into the wall of the uterus.
The embryos were on board a satellite
Experiment leader Professor Duan Enkui told China Daily: “The human race may still have a long way to go before we can colonise space.
“Now, we finally proved that the most crucial step in our reproduction – the early embryo development – is possible in outer space.”
The embryos will now return to Earth so that the team can analyse them more closely.
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