Microbe studies in space
NASA will send colonies of three different microbes into space on a
space shuttle launch slated for August 27, for an experiment called
The objective of the NASA
Microbe study is to characterise the effects of space on the virulence and
physiology of three common microbes and to facilitate the development of
The human immune system can be weakened in zero gravity environments while
microbes become more virulent, according to some studies. Better information on
how microbes survive and their genetic adaptability could lead to better ways to
fight diseases on earth.
Researchers will study three organisms: Salmonella typhimurium,
Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans.
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