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Fraser
2008-Mar-12, 01:00 AM
In one experiment on board Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-123) launched early this morning (at 2:28 am EST), the reaction of terrestrial bacteria to zero-G will be tested. When compared with test bacteria bred here on Earth, previous studies suggest that germs bred in space are far more potent and are more likely to cause illness [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/2008/03/11/germs-living-in-space-almost-three-times-as-likely-to-cause-disease/)

Maha Vailo
2008-Mar-12, 10:51 AM
Germs in space may increse morbidity, but would it increase mortality?

All it seems to suggest that a) sanitation will be vital in future space colonies, and 2) said colonies would do well to install sickbays.

- Maha Vailo

Noclevername
2008-Mar-13, 01:05 AM
I'd be interested to know if it's the germs themselves, or reduced immune systems of the astronauts, or some combination of both that make the big difference.

Maha Vailo
2008-Mar-18, 02:58 AM
Noclevername, as I understand it, it wasn't the astronauts themselves who got sick, but some lab animals down on Earth. This is quite fortunate for the astronauts, since the resulting, errm, effluent would've presented its own set of problems in micro-g.

- Maha "in space, no one can hear you barf" Vailo

BigDon
2008-Mar-18, 07:44 PM
From the thread title you would think there were dangerous germs living in space. A threat right up there with chemtrails and Islamist controled nano-bots.