Skip to comments.'Shape-shifting' bacteria spotted on International Space Station
Posted on 09/13/2017 7:29:05 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Bacterial cells treated with a common antibiotic have been spotted changing shape to survive while aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
The way bacteria act in near-zero gravity environments could pose a serious problem for treating astronauts with infections.
An experiment on the common E coli bacteria subjected it to different concentrations of the antibiotic gentamicin sulfate, a drug which kills the bug on Earth.
However, in comparison to a control group on Earth, the space bacteria showed a 13-fold increase in cell numbers and a 73% reduction in cell column size.
"We knew bacteria behave differently in space and that it takes higher concentrations of antibiotics to kill them," said the study's lead author, Dr Luis Zea.
Because the bacterial cell surface decreased in space, the rate of molecule-cell interaction was also decreased.
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Looks like when they quarantined us on this big blue marble, they meant it! :D :)
Nothing a little "Squeeze" won't cure.
Sounds like the plot to a movie I saw this past summer.
Point her at the sun and fire the engines!
This never ends well in the movies.
First it’s a little bacteria and then it’s this thing with two sets of teeth busting out of your chest.
No thank you.
Was this in the lab, or in the food? :)
That’s the movie I first thought of when I saw the title of the article.
I see what you did there.
I thought it was a decent enough movie to watch. Good plot if reused once or twice. Wish the ending was different but okay. I did watch it at the dollar theater so saved cash on the movie.
I rented it from Netflix. Enjoyed it. The ending had me saying WTF??? Wonder if there will be a sequel.
The Andromeda Strain.
THE GREEN SLIME! Don’t let it coalesce into monsters!
The headline made it sound like bacteria living in the vacuum of space. Whew!
First, this demonstrates that certain life forms like bacteria could survive on a journey through space.
Second, it demonstrates that ‘evolution’ can occur rather rapidly. The ISS crew must exercise or they will turn into basketballs with silly putty for bones.
All life forms are a product of their environment. As the environment changes, so do the life forms.
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