Welcome to NASA GeneLab – the first comprehensive omics database for space-related research from which an investigator can generate hypotheses to direct future experiments, utilizing both ground and space biological radiation data.
Accurate assessment of risks of long-term space missions is critical for human space exploration. It is essential to have a detailed understanding of the biological effects on humans living and working in deep space. Ionizing radiation from galactic cosmic rays (GCR) is a major health risk factor for astronauts on extended missions outside the protective effects of the Earth's magnetic field. Currently, there are gaps in our knowledge of the health risks associated with chronic low-dose, low-dose-rate ionizing radiation, specifically ions associated with high (H) atomic number (Z) and energy (E). The NASA GeneLab project aims to provide a detailed library of omics datasets associated with biological samples exposed to HZE... Read more
NASA's GeneLab is an open-access science database for space biology, including genomics, proteomics and metabolomics data comparing life in space to life on Earth. Learn more in our new Researcher's Guide e-book: https://go.nasa.gov/2xSPXXF
An original research article led by GeneLab scientists, titled “Global Transcriptomic Analysis Suggests Carbon Dioxide as an Environmental Stressor in Spaceflight: A Systems Biology GeneLab Case Study” was published in the March 2018 issue of Scientific Reports, part of the Nature publishing group. This landmark paper represents the first scientific publication wholly derived from publicly available GeneLab data, illustrating the process of generating new hypotheses and informing future experimental research by repurposing data from spaceflight experiments... Read more
Would you like to conduct an experiment using specimens from spaceflight? The NASA Biospecimen Sharing Program allows researchers to request archived specimens from past spaceflight and ground experiments for their own research investigations.
Information about the experiments conducted to collect these specimens and the samples available for biospecimen sharing can be found at the NASA Life Sciences Data Archive (LSDA).
To explore the LSDA: https://lsda.jsc.nasa.gov/
To browse available specimens: https://lsda.jsc.nasa.gov/Biospecimen
For more information about requesting specimens: https://lsda.jsc.nasa.gov/Request/dataRequestFAQ
The space station, including its large solar arrays, spans the area of a U.S. football field, including the end zones, and weighs 924,739 pounds. The complex now has more livable room than a conventional six-bedroom house, and has two bathrooms, a gymnasium and a 360-degree bay window.