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Geckos killed by unknown space factor - Russian Academy of Sciences

Specialists of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medical and Biological Problems have failed to determine the cause and time of death of five geckos, test subjects traveling aboard the Foton-M4 research spacecraft, head of the institute's biological systems of human life support laboratory and supervisor of the Foton-M project's biological dimension Vladimir Sychev said

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