SpaceQ Article: Canadian Space Agency Funds Health Technologies for Deep-Space Exploration

Monday, April 15, 2019

SpaceQ Article: Canadian Space Agency Funds Health Technologies for Deep-Space Exploration


The Canadian Space Agency announced it has awarded 13 contracts to the health and biomedical communities as part of their health technologies initiative for for Deep-Space Exploration.

Calian Ltd. – Development of a DNA-Based Dosimeter (Ottawa, Ontario $99,672)

Calian aims to further explore the capability of a biologically-based gel dosimeter to measure the mixed-radiation field in deep space.

As deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) provides crucial understandings to the biological effects of radiation, the proposed solution offers a device in which tissue-equivalent double-strand DNA breaks are used to estimate the quantity of radiation absorbed by crew members. The DNA-based dosimeter will also be able to qualify the type of radiation field by comparing single strand breaks with double strand breaks under various space radiation fields.

Read the article on spaceq.ca.

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