NASA Twins Study includes San Antonio multiomics center
Metabolomics study supports potential changes in mitochondrial function in astronaut during yearlong space flight
What happens to an astronaut who is aboard the International Space Station for a year? How do the health effects compare to his twin brother who remains on Earth?
Kumar Sharma, M.D., and Manjula Darshi, Ph.D., from UT Health San Antonio’s Center for Renal Precision Medicine, together with Brinda Rana, Ph.D., from the University of California, San Diego, led one of the teams of investigators involved in a unique study to answer these questions. The study is examining the effects of a year’s spaceflight on NASA astronaut Scott Kelly in comparison to his identical twin and fellow astronaut, Mark Kelly, who remained on Earth.
Results of the NASA Twins Study are being published in the prestigious journal Science on April 12. The study is an integrated multiomics, molecular, physiological and behavioral analysis of the changes that occurred during a yearlong spaceflight.