Traditional Chinese medicine may be the latest sector to benefit from cosmic farming as 150 grams of space-exposed ginseng seeds were delivered to a State lab on Friday. “We hope the space ginseng will be bigger, more resistant to disease and have increased medicinal potency,” said Zhou Hua, professor of Macau University of Science and Technology, the State’s top research laboratory in Chinese medicines…Full-text article: China Daily Aug 2013

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  • Radiation and micro-gravity may spur natural genetic changes in the seeds as mutations occur at a much higher rate in space than what occurs on Earth

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