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Healthy Living: Growing Stem Cells In Space

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Hemorrhagic stroke is blamed for more than 30% of all stroke deaths.

It happens when a weakened blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain. Currently, treatment aims to control swelling but not regeneration of the damaged tissue.

Today in Healthy Living, researchers are using an out of this world idea to help stroke survivors.

The stem cells will be taken to the International Space Station within a year.

While one batch of cells is grown in space, another batch will be grown on Earth. Other than the appearance of gravity, the growing environments will be the same.

If the lack of gravity proves to be a better environment for stem cell growth, then the next step will be to transform the cells into tissue and ultimately organs.

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