The squid have a symbiotic relationship with pure micro organism that assist regulate their bioluminescence.
When astronauts are in low gravity their physique’s relationship with microbes modifications, mentioned College of Hawaii professor Margaret McFall-Ngai, who Foster studied below within the 1990s.
“We now have discovered that the symbiosis of people with their microbes is perturbed in microgravity, and Jamie has proven that’s true in squid,” mentioned McFall-Ngai. “And, as a result of it’s a easy system, she will be able to resolve what’s going flawed.”
“As astronauts spend increasingly time in house, their immune programs change into what’s referred to as dysregulated. It doesn’t operate as nicely,” Foster mentioned. “Their immune programs don’t acknowledge micro organism as simply. They generally get sick.”
Foster mentioned understanding what occurs to the squid in house may assist clear up well being issues that astronauts face.
“There are features of the immune system that simply don’t work correctly below long-duration spaceflights,” she mentioned. “If people need to spend time on the moon or Mars, we’ve to resolve well being issues to get them there safely.”
The Kewalo Marine Laboratory breeds the squid for analysis tasks world wide. The tiny animals are plentiful in Hawaiian waters and are about three inches (7.6 centimeters) lengthy as adults.
The squid will come again to Earth in July.