Microbes in Space

December 2007
Science & Children;Dec2007, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p9
Academic Journal
The article discusses a study headed by researchers from the Biodesign Institute of the Arizona State University (ASU), which aims to examine the impact of space flight on microbes in Tempe. The research shows that microbes are also affected by the zero-gravity environment that make them more infectious pathogens. To better study the effects of space flight on microbes, researchers sent specially contained tubes of salmonella in an experimental payload aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. They found that the space-traveling salmonella had changed expression of 167 genes.


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