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Surgery Confounds Mission Review

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Science  24 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5265, pp. 1093
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5265.1093


An independent panel being set up to review the value of a controversial U.S.-Russian project that involves sending monkeys into space hasn't even met, but a September launch date is forcing researchers to begin surgical procedures on the two animals. As a result, the panel has become another rallying point for critics of the $33 million Bion program, which seeks to gather a wealth of data on how microgravity affects humans.