A brief review of the rise and biological research of deep underground medicine in China

Xiong, Ying; Hou, Michael Z. GND

The conception of deep underground medicine was firstly proposed in China in 2015, which is a multidisciplinary approach to medical research involving the geology, environment and biochemistry. Its main objective is to utilize the medical effects of some inherent characteristics of underground environment to improve and cure human diseases. Karst caves, salt and other mines caves could be available underground space. The development of deep underground medicine is of great strategic significance for the sustainable utilization of huge underground space and transition of mine resources. This paper provides a brief review of the history and research advances of deep underground medicine in China, giving special focus on the concepts, deep underground laboratory construction, preliminary results of cell culture experiments and miners questionnaire studies in this emerging discipline. Based on the concepts, goals and current status, the potential and future research emphasis of the deep underground medicine are also presented.

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Xiong, Ying / Hou, Michael Z.: A brief review of the rise and biological research of deep underground medicine in China. 2020.

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