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Nutritional Products from Space ResearchSix scientists from Martin Marietta who did research for NASA on algae as food supply, oxygen source and a recycling agent for long duration space travel founded Martek Biosciences Corporation. Martek's main product is Formulaid for infants, an algae-based, vegetable-like oil containing two essential polyunsaturated fatty acids known as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (arachidonic acid). The acids are found in human milk but not in most infant formulas, and they are believed to be associated with mental and visual development. Formulaid is on the market in two European countries and licensed to the Mead Johnson Division of Bristol-Myers Squibb, American Home Products and others.
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Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1996
Publication Information
Publication: Spinoff 1996
Subject Category
Man/System Technology and Life Support
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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