YOU may want to rethink that fantasy about having sex in space. New research suggests that space fornication could ruin your health.Experiments conducted on plants have led scientists to conclude that changes in gravity can damage cells, clogging cell 'highway traffic' and potentially causing life-threatening diseases in humans.
Of course, we're particularly sensitive about anything which involves sex.
The research found that when gravity becomes extremely weak or strong, it affects the development and functionality of the pollen tube, which is the male reproductive organ in plants.
"Our findings have implications for human health as similar effects are likely to occur in human cells such as neurons where long distance intracellular transport is crucial," said Dr Youssef Chebli, a co-researcher in the study.
The clogging effect could have negative ramifications for human processes relating to reproduction, cancer and brain disease, reported The Daily Mail.
It's uncertain whether any humans have done the dirty in space before. Russia and the United States have both denied all of the inevitable rumours about sexual hijinks among the mixed-gender crews.
But with Virgin Galactic planning to fly tourists beyond the atmosphere as early as next year, humanity's supposedly clean interstellar record may be sullied soon enough.