Sex in Space Won't Kill You After All
But a new study raises concerns about reproduction in plants, and maybe humans
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
Updated Mar 17, 2013 12:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – One of the week's most salacious stories got its start in the journal Plos One with this headline: "Cell Wall Assembly and Intracellular Trafficking in Plant Cells Are Directly Affected by Changes in the Magnitude of Gravitational Acceleration." Of course, it wasn't until the Daily Mail got hold of it that the story took off, with this slightly revised headline: "Bad news for 220-mile high club: Researchers find sex in space could lead to life-threatening illnesses." This led to a spate of sex-in-space-can-kill-you stories. So what gives? It turns out that amorous space travelers probably don't have to worry—unless they're having sex for the specific purpose of producing offspring, explains Daily Kos.

Essentially, the researchers studied plant sex in zero gravity and found big problems in the reproduction process related to how cells communicate with each other. They did not draw any conclusions about human sex, but the possibility of similar problems affecting people can't be ruled out yet, says LiveScience. "What does this mean?" asks Daily Kos. "It means we may not be able to colonize the Moon or Mars anytime soon, not until we lick many, many problems." But at least the couple who might be blasting off to Mars should be able to ... unwind.

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Mar 19, 2013 1:12 AM CDT
Mar 18, 2013 9:31 PM CDT
You guys are missing the point, a long journey in space for a few years to Mars is imminent and a lot ofvresearch has been conducted on astronauts behaviour opposite sex, I advise you research NASA studies of sexual relations on board space missions.. Here is some of the highlights: A Russian male astronaut started sexual advances of one American female on the space lab, that she locked herself in the docked US capsule for three days. Females were found to be more aggressive in persuing the Captain or the leader of the space ship, fighting between themselves, and making enemies by neglecting or discarding the lower ranking astronauts.. One solution was to send older retired men in good physical health on one way journey with the females. Another was to send two separate space ships one with men only and the other with female only. These are study facts, I did not make them up.
Mar 16, 2013 12:19 PM CDT
Alright I'm taking Mila Kunis and Kat von D up there and we're not coming back until this is settled.