Extreme Bacteria on the Space Station are Evolving to Handle the Harsh Conditions, not to Make Astronauts Sick - Universe Today
Universetoday.com - Fri 11 Jan 08:31 GMT

Extreme Bacteria on the Space Station are Evolving to Handle the Harsh Conditions, not to Make Astronauts Sick - Universe Today

A new study conducted by researchers from NWU has shown that bacteria do not mutate into super bugs.

  For years, scientists have been conducting studies aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to determine the effects of living in space on humans and micro-organisms.

  Interestingly enough, a team of researchers from Northwestern University recently conducted a study with bacteria that was kept aboard the ISS.

  The study was led by Erica Hartmann, an assistant professor with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (DCEE) at NWU, and included multiple DCEE graduate and postdoctoral researchers and Sarah Castro-Wallace of the NASA Johnson Space Center.

  ’” For the sake of their study, Hartmann and her associates consulted data from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which maintains archival information on microbe experiments conducted aboard the ISS.

  Of course, Hartmann and her colleagues also emphasized that this study does not mean that germs cannot proliferate once they get into a spacecraft or aboard a space station: “Everywhere you go, you bring your microbes with you.