Microbes: IIT-M helps NASA study microbes in ISS | Chennai News



Microbes in the International Space Station mutate quickly to survive in extreme conditions, according to a study by NASA and IIT Madras. This research could help prevent microbial contamination in hospitals and spacecraft. The study focused on a pathogen called Enterobacter bugandensis, which is found in the human gut and on surfaces in the ISS. The pathogen is adapting and mutating rapidly, making it harder to treat if it infects astronauts. The findings highlight the need for preventive measures to ensure the health and safety of astronauts. The study also has potential applications in hospitals, where drug-resistant pathogens are a challenge. Overall, the research provides insights into how microbes adapt and evolve in isolated environments.





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