NASA finds ‘Shape-shifting’ bacteria on the International Space Station

Sep 16, 2017 14:45 IST
NASA finds ‘Shape-shifting’ bacteria

The International Space Station (ISS) has uncovered in a report that microscopic organism’s bacteria “shapeshift" in space to counteract any harm to itself. Experiments on the ISS (International Space Station) has been undergoing for a long while to see the response of microscopic organisms under different conditions.

ISS noticed that the bacterial cells when treated with a common antibiotic, changing its shape to survive in near-zero gravity environments. It may pose a serious threat to astronauts getting treated for infections.

This "clever shape-shifting" detected when it experimented on ISS in the near-weightlessness of space and is believed to help the bacteria survive.

The bacteria can contaminate space travelers, and antibiotic can be utilized against the danger, yet with regularly advancing microbes, the resistance will be snappier and more successful to our anti-toxins.

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Untill now, researchers have realized that microscopic organisms act distinctively in space contrasted with their conduct on Earth. It took a more elevated amount of anti-toxins for similar Earth-like diseases. There was no known purpose behind it and now, scientists are gradually revealing the reasons.

Facts about this research:

1.The group of researchers was led  by Luis Zea from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in the United States
2.They sent E coli tests up to the International Space Station (ISS) to discover how microbes carry on in the microgravity states of space
3.With the information got from that examination, the group could specifically analyze the impacts of anti-toxin gentamicin sulfate
4.There was a 13-fold increment in the E coli cell numbers and a 73% decrease in cell size after the anti-toxin was administered.
5.The bacteria cells created thicker cell walls and membranes.


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