Validation of a microgravity machine measuring gene expression levels from microarrays using parallel programming algorithms in a GRID computing architecture

Project: Research

Project Details


Experiments carried out in the real or simulated ug environment, it is not an everyday thing that a cancer biologist performs. However, a spatial environment provides the suitable conditions as a possible solution to cancer. In the last four decades, studies in a space environment show changes in delayed proliferation in cancer cells, these changes are relevant to cancer. At present there are different types of ug simulators from the most expensive, which are the experiments carried out on the ISS, to the cheapest, which are the free fall from a tower. The most widely used mechanism to generate simulated ug is the random positioning machine (RPM) which has two degrees of freedom. ESA currently owns the RPM while NASA has patented the Bioreactor as a device that simulates the ug useful for cell signaling studies. Currently, INICTEL-UNI has designed and built a ug system with three degrees of freedom that generates 10-3 times less than the gravity generated by the RPM. For the validation of the ug machine, Drosophila melanogaster will be used as a study model, where we will measure the levels of genetic expression of a homogenate of pupae that were previously exposed to the rotary system, the results will be compared with the data currently published.
Effective start/end date1/01/131/06/16

Collaborative partners

  • Lima University
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Capacitación de Telecomunicaciones (lead)
  • University of Castilla-La Mancha
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • migravity
  • supercomputation

Research areas and lines

  • Health

Kind of research

  • Applied


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