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    Scientists Make No Bones About First Study of Osteocyte Cultures on Space Station

    Date: April 16, 2015

    Left: A close-up of mouse osteocytes within the bone. Image Credit: Dr. L Bonewald

    Right: Paola Divieti Pajevic, M.D., Ph.D.

    The SpaceX rocket hosting the first study of osteocytes in space took off on Tuesday, April 14. ASBMR member Paola Divieti Pajevic, M.D., Ph.D. is the principal investigator of the Osteo-4 study and stated in the press release, “We are investigating how osteocytes – the most abundant cells in the adult skeleton – both sense and respond to changes in mechanical forces, as achieved aboard the space station”. Read more about the current NIH and NASA activities online here: http://1.usa.gov/1DbvNkR