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Dried Blood Method for In-flight Storage (DSO 325)
Principal Investigator
Research Area:
Clinical medicine
Metabolism and nutrition
Species Studied
Scientific Name: Homo sapiens Species: Human

The purpose of this investigation was to test in-flight use of a new method for storing dried blood samples, to eliminate the need for a freezer or refrigerator to store in-flight blood samples. The specific objectives of this study were:
  1. To determine whether there are any anomalies associated with spaceflight that might interfere with the passive absorption of plasma onto the paper filter of a dried blood chemistry blood collection device.
  2. To assess the ability to adequately dry and maintain the paper filters in a low oxygen, low humidity environment.
  3. To assess the effect of microgravity on the filling and filtration process of the blood collection device.

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Anonymous. Filter devices for collection and storage of body-fluid samples. NASA Tech Briefs 1996;20(8):95-6.

Whitson P, Clift V, Thomas S, Lawrence CM. Alternative method for serum/plasma separation and storage. In: Life Sciences and Space Medicine Conference '95 Book of Abstracts; 1995 Apr 3-5; Houston (TX). Washington, DC: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1995:45-6.

Data Information
Data Availability
Archive is complete. No data sets are available for this experiment. Please Contact LSDA if you know of available data for this investigation.

Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)
Alkaline phosphatase (AP)
Angiotensin II
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Mission/Study Information
Mission Launch/Start Date Landing/End Date Duration
STS-58 10/18/1993 11/01/1993 14 days

Additional Information
Managing NASA Center
Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Responsible NASA Representative
Johnson Space Center LSDA Office
Project Manager: Pamela A. Bieri
Institutional Support
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)