ALTERED GRAVITY EXACERBATES CHROMATE-INDUCED GENOTOXICITY
As NASA plans future missions to explore the surfaces of the Moon and Mars, it is essential to understand the effects of long-term space travel on human health. It has been observed that microgravity causes changes in the morphology of cells (Crawford-Young). However, more research needs to be done to determine the effects of altered gravity on cellular morphology and metabolism to make long-term space travel a safe reality for the astronauts involved. We hypothesized that altered gravity changes normal cell function resulting in a greater amount of chemical-induced genotoxicity.