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Scientists Theorize Sex on Mars May Create New Human Subspecies
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By Jen Krausz | Thursday, 31 May 2018 06:28 PM
Having sex on Mars could lead to a new human subspecies, an
international team of scientists theorized in a new paper published in
the journal Futures.
The paper found many problems with potential reproduction on Mars, the
biggest being the low-gravity environment, which is about a third of
Earth’s, the New York Post reported. Astronauts who have spent months or
years in space have found muscles deteriorate rapidly and bone structure
can be weakened without Earth’s heavier gravity.
While scientists have studied the impacts of low gravity on adult
astronauts, they have never studied pregnant women or children before
and don’t even know if it’s possible to carry a baby to term in low gravity.
Researchers from Poland, Brazil, and Florida contributed to the paper,
noting that it may be important to reproduce on Mars to sustain a colony
“A manned mission to Mars and the establishment of the first human
settlement in outer spece was once a mere figment of science fiction,
but is now being planned and expected to take place in the following 20
years,” the scientists wrote, The Sun reported.
Other potential problems with sex and reproduction on Mars include
possible low sperm counts from increased radiation, a weakened immune
response from lower gravity, and even erectile dysfunction from low
blood pressure often experienced in low gravity conditions, The Sun
Genetic engineering could resolve some of the issues surrounding sex and
reproduction off-planet, but may render the offspring created incapable
of life on Earth, the scientists theorized.
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