Living in space may reduce the aggressiveness of some cancers

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Scientists discover that thyroid cancer cells become less aggressive in outer space
[Via Eureka! Science News – Popular science news]

For those who think that space exploration offers no tangible benefits for those of us on earth, a new research discovery involving thyroid cancer may prove otherwise. In a new report appearing in the February 2014 issue of The FASEB Journal, researchers from Germany and Denmark show that some tumors which are aggressive on earth are considerably less aggressive in microgravity. By understanding the genetic and cellular processes that occur in space, scientists may be able to develop treatments that accomplish the same thing on earth.

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This will have to bear close scrutiny. The genes that control aggressive tumor growth are down regulated in space.

We know of some bad things living in space results in. But slowing down cancer growth could change a lot of things.

We are still a long way from a full understanding but this is a really interesting result.