Morphogenetic Responses of Cultured Totipotent Cells of Carrot (Daucus carota var. carota) at Zero Gravity

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Science  07 Apr 1978:
Vol. 200, Issue 4337, pp. 67-68
DOI: 10.1126/science.200.4337.67


An experiment designed to test whether embryos capable of developing from isolated somatic carrot cells could do so under conditions of weightlessness in space was performed aboard the unmanned Soviet biosatellite Kosmos 782 under the auspices of the joint United States-Soviet Biological Satellite Mission. Space flight and weightlessness seem to have had no adverse effects on the induction of embryoids or on the development of their organs. A portion of the crop of carrot plantlets originated in space and grown to maturity were not morphologically different from controls.