Medications that inhibit LRRK2 are in development, but without knowing the precise structure of this enzyme, such work is like making a key without knowing the shape of the keyhole it must fit.
While terming the whole matter as a terrible thing, NASA head Jim Bridenstine also told the media that not all of the pieces were big enough to track.
A Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX is scheduled to lift off, weather permitting, on March 2 to take the Crew Dragon test capsule to the ISS.
“I made a mistake and the next day I received an email message: did you call 911?” said the 60-year-old Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers
The crew quickly located and sealed the tiny hole that created a slight loss of pressure, and space officials said the station has remained safe to operate.
The mission crew that is currently working aboard the ISS might return to Earth on December 20
Ovchinin and Hague had a close brush with death when a Soyuz rocket failed shortly after launch from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday.
Astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin were rescued without injuries in Kazakhstan.
The launch failure marks an unprecedented mishap for the Russian space program, which has been dogged by a string of launch failures and other incidents.
Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin said the hole detected Thursday in a Russian spacecraft docked at the orbiting station was caused by a drill.