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The International Space Station (ISS) is currently infested with “disease-inducing” bacteria, according to a study done by NASA scientists.
The bacteria found on the craft’s surfaces have bacterial and fungal biofilms (or slimy films) that can foster a “resistance to antibiotics” and may include “opportunistic pathogens” (or bacteria that cause infection), according to their findings published Monday.
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Explaining “the potential ability to form biofilms and the magnitude of actual biofilm formation on ISS surfaces is important during long-term space missions to maintain structural stability of the crew vehicle when routine indoor maintenance cannot be easily performed,” the report reads.
The type of bacteria discovered are similar to what you can find in gyms, offices and hospitals on Earth. It is yet to be clear whether the pathogen-carrying bacteria can cause diseases to the astronauts living in the closed space station.
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“Specific microbes in indoor spaces on Earth have been shown to impact human health,” said Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran, the study’s co-author. “This is even more important for astronauts during spaceflight, as they have altered immunity and do not have access to the sophisticated medical interventions available on Earth.”
Microbes and bacteria tend to grow and thrive in intense environments, and the closed space of the ISS...
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