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A clinostat is a motorized device that uses rotation to negate the effects of gravitational pull on plant growth and development, and has also been used to study the effects of microgravity on cell cultures and animal embryos.
All organisms have evolved under the earth’s gravitational field, and thus are most likely adapted to function optimally at this level. However, organisms have been shown to be capable of surviving under altered gravity conditions. The clinostat is a cost-effective model to understand how gravity affects biological processes, including development, and leading to a greater understanding of the evolutionary biology of organisms.
Demonstrates the scope and applications of the clinostat in fields other than its prior applications in space biology, including evolutionary biology, biotechnology (e.g., plant and microbial biotechnology), tissue engineering, comparative physiology, molecular biology, and microbiology
Covers both the clinostat device and the related research under one cover
Presents several studies that have been carried out using the clinostat on various organisms
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