by Tom Overlie
Outer space, about 100 miles above from Mayo Clinic, is a place where the Mayo brothers might not have imagined medical research to go. Strokes takes the life of about 140,000 people each year, and is also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. But, a Mayo Clinic doctor in Florida has a unique partnership with NASA and might be able to find answers to help. Dr. Abba Zubair believes that his work in outer space could someday give millions of stroke survivors a new lease on life. It is something that has fascinated Dr. Abba Zubair since his boyhood in Nigeria, Africa.
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Context: Abba Zubair, M.D., Ph.D. is a Mayo Clinic pathologist with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. You can read more about Dr. Zubair's medical research here and more about his stem cell research in outer space here.
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