Space omics research in Europe - Contributions, geographical distribution and ESA member state funding schemes

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  • University of Malta
  • CSIC - Spanish National Research Council - Eduardo Torroja Institute
  • University of Exeter

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The European research community, via European Space Agency (ESA) spaceflight opportunities, has significantly contributed toward our current understanding of spaceflight biology. Recent molecular biology experiments include ‘‘omic’’ anal- ysis, which provides a holistic and systems level understanding of the mechanisms underlying phenotypic adaptation. Despite vast interest in, and the immense quantity of biological information gained from space omics research, the knowl- edge of ESA-related space omics works as a collective remains poorly defined due to the recent exponential application of omics approaches in space and the limited search capabilities of pre-existing records. Thus, a review of such contri- butions is necessary to clarify and promote the development of space omics among ESA and ESA state members. To address this gap, in this review, we i) identified and summarized omics works led by European researchers, ii) geographically described these omics works, and iii) highlighted potential ca- veats in complex funding scenarios among ESA member states.


Original languageEnglish
Article number103920
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2022


  • Space omics, Spaceflight

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