Vive la radioresistance! converging research in radiobiologyand biogerontology to enhance human radioresistance for deepspace exploration and colonization

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewpeer-review


  • Franco Cortese
  • Dmitry Klokov
  • Andreyan Osipov
  • Jakub Stefaniak
  • Marjan Moreels
  • Alexey Moskalev
  • Jane Schastnaya
  • Charles Cantor
  • Alexander Aliper
  • Polina Mamoshina
  • Igor Ushakov
  • Alex Sapetsky
  • Quentin Vanhaelen
  • Irina Alchinova
  • Mikhail Karganov
  • Olga Kovalchuk
  • Ruth Wilkins
  • Andrey Shtemberg
  • Evgeny Izumchenko
  • João Pedro de Magalhães
  • Artem V. Artemov
  • Sylvain Costes
  • Afshin Beheshti
  • Xiao Wen Mao
  • Michael Pecaut
  • Dmitry Kaminskiy
  • Ivan Ozerov
  • Morten S Scheibye-Knudsen
  • Alex Zhavoronkov

Institutes & Expert groups

  • Biogerontology - Research Foundation
  • CNL - Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
  • University of Ottawa
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Burnasyan Federal Medical Biophysical Center of Federal Medical Biological Agency
  • MIPT - Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • University of Oxford
  • Boston University
  • NIIOPP - Institute of General Pathology and Pathophysiology
  • Canada Cancer and Aging Research Laboratories - Lethbridge, Alberta
  • ERHSD - Environmental and Radiation and Health Sciences Directorate, Health Canada
  • IMBP - Institute of Medical and Biological Problems RAS - Laboratory of Extreme Physiology
  • NASA - Ames Research Center
  • Loma Linda University
  • University of Copenhagen

Documents & links


While many efforts have been made to pave the way toward human space colonization, little consideration has been given to the methods of protecting spacefarers against harsh cosmic and local radioactive environments and the high costs associated with protection from the deleterious physiological effects of exposure to high-Linear energy transfer (high-LET) radiation. Herein, we lay the foundations of a roadmap toward enhancing human radioresistance for the purposes of deep space colonization and exploration. We outline future research directions toward the goal of enhancing human radioresistance, including upregulation of endogenous repair and radioprotective mechanisms, possible leeways into gene therapy in order to enhance radioresistance via the translation of exogenous and engineered DNA repair and radioprotective mechanisms, the substitution of organic molecules with fortified isoforms, and methods of slowing metabolic activity while preserving cognitive function. We conclude by presenting the known associations between radioresistance and longevity, and articulating the position that enhancing human radioresistance is likely to extend the healthspan of human spacefarers as well.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
JournalOncotarget - Impact Journals
VolumeAdvance Publications 2018
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2018


  • radioresistance, space exploration, longevity, DNA damage, mars mission

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