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The ISS will conduct experiments with coronavirus proteins

28.02.2022 134 просмотров

The first shipment of coronavirus proteins to the ISS is scheduled for March 18.


Coronavirus proteins, as part of an experiment to study them, will be sent to the ISS for the first time on the Soyuz MS-21 manned spacecraft on March 18. This was reported to TASS by the managing partner of 3D Bioprinting Solutions Yousef Khesuani.

“It will be a series of experiments. On March 18, we plan to send the so-called nucleocapsid protein of the coronavirus, this will be the first shipment for us as part of a series of experiments,” said Yousef Khesuani.

According to him, the first experiment in which Coronavirus protein crystals will be grown using a 3D bioprinter, which will take about eight days. After that, the samples will be returned to Earth, where they will be studied for 1-1.5 months. Another shipment, said Yousef Khesuani, is planned during the autumn manned launch, an intermediate one can be organized in the summer on a transport cargo ship.

Tests are currently underway in the company's laboratory. “In a week, we will already be planning to send the first samples to Baikonur so that they are prepared for flight,” he added.

Yousef Khesuani stressed that the experiment will be safe for the crew because not the virus itself, but part of it, will go into orbit. “By itself, it [part of the virus] cannot enter the body of astronauts, even if they miraculously inhale it, which is also impossible, because we send it in special cuvettes with three protection circuits. There are certain requirements for working with biological material on the ISS. We have already tested them many times,” added Yousef Khesuani.

Earlier, in the presentation of the Director General of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin, it was reported that research was planned for 2022 in in the development of antiviral drugs. The head of the state corporation clarified that we are talking about drugs against coronavirus infection. The materials specified that large-sized coronavirus proteins, including the RBD protein responsible for attaching coronavirus to human cells, will be grown on the ISS using a 3D bioprinter. The samples obtained will be used to decipher the structure of the protein and study the mechanisms of the introduction of viruses into the human body.

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