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"XenoGriss won the YISS contest"

November 20th, 2018. The Technical Industrial Institute of Florence “Meucci” won the contest “Yiss- Youth ISS Science 2019”, organized by ASI (Italian Space Agency) to allow a group of students to develop their own experiment on board the International Space Station. The proposal of the school, named “Xenogriss”, contemplate a biological experiment for the analysis of the growth and of the regeneration processes of tissues in absence of gravity. The study will be carried out on XENOPUS LAEVIS, a particularly resistant tadpoles , and it will be very important to understand the processes that regulate the human tissues. The experiment will be possible thanks to the BIOKON system developed by Kayser Italia, which will allow the transportation and execution of scientific operations on the International Space Station. The Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano will perform the experiment during his next mission aboard the International Space Station named “Beyond”. “Xenogriss” will be developed  with the support of the Prof. Stefano Cartocci (ITIS “Meucci” Firenze), Prof. Monica Monici ( University of Florence) and the collaboration of Aleandro Norfini (Kayser Italia)  that will follow the development of the hardware together with the students.The experiment was presented  by the team on 20th November at the headquarters of the Italian Space Agency, along with other Italian investigations that will be done by our compatriot during his second space mission.