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The results of the Russian experiment on quail eggs in space

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Vladimir Sychov, Deputy Director of the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, announced the discovery of abnormal growth of quail embryos in space, and the lack of adaptation of chicks to the state of weightlessness.

In an interview with the Russian RIA Novosti news agency, Sychov said, “We conducted an experiment on quail eggs at the space station “Mir” and we got chicks, but the hatching rate was less than on the ground. But the main thing that matters is that we discovered that the embryos that did not hatch were She suffers from abnormalities in growth.

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According to him, it is difficult for scientists to determine the causes of this condition, since there are many unfavorable factors in space flights, among them weightlessness and radiation.

“Therefore, it was decided to conduct a new experiment with the use of artificial gravitational force,” he adds.

The results of this experiment, which was conducted on the space station “Mir” also showed, the inability of quail chicks to adapt to weightlessness. On the ground, after the eggs hatch, the quail chicks are independent and erect. That is, her feeling of being supported is very important. So when chicks don’t feel that much support in space, they lose the ability to determine where and where they are going. According to Seechoff.

According to him, the chicks in space quickly lose all the unconditional reactions that nature gave them, they even lose the ability to eat and die.

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And Sychov adds, the United States and Europe are showing great interest in the experiments that Russia will conduct on quail eggs, in 2022 in the Naoka laboratory unit in the Russian sector of the International Space Station.

The experiment includes placing quail eggs in an incubator for two weeks under zero gravity conditions and at the same time under gravity conditions using a centrifuge. He will study the development of the embryos on the third, seventh, tenth and fourteenth days.

Source: RIA Novosti