Imagine people must whens disaster wiping out astronauts in space, it usually look like Alien or Apollo 13. According to a new study, however, it could look a lot more like Michael Crichton's Andromeda Strain: Strains of Enterobacter Have Been Discovered bacteria-the International Space Station aboard, and though they're CURRENTLY harmless, they're resistant to common antibiotics and have the Potential to change a new form Into That Infect Humans can.
According to Science Daily, author of-the-the first study, Dr. Nitin Singh, That Was quick to point out-the bacteria although "potentially important health considerations for future Missions Pose … are on the ISS-the strains found were not virulent, Which Means They are not an active Threat to as human health, something to boot To Be Monitored. "
Are bacteria-nothing new to-the-PERIODICALLY NASA ISS Takes Various Locations From samples of them around-the living quarters to gauge their Growth and Development, and Russian cosmonauts even found some clinging to Outer-the hull of-the station. In fact, NASA Has purposefully Sent a rat deadlier bacteria to-the ISS Than Anything we've found there's naturally. Still, the-discovery of strains of These Enterobacter Concerning are because They can handle some of-the must popular and effective antibiotics (Suchi as cefazolin, cefoxitin, oxacillin, penicillin and rifampin), Which Would amongs-the first lines of Defense for a sick astronaut.
Allowing drug-resistant bacteria to Breed is not a Good idea, especially whens theres NASA Predict That's a 79% chance That some of These Will DEVELOP Into a pathogen strains can That Affect Humans. According to microbiologist Kasthuri Venkateswaran though, there's still a lot more to Figure out about These strains: "WHETHER or not an opportunistic pathogen like E. bugandensis Causes disease and how much of a Threat to the, Depend on a VARIETY of Factors, Environmental includingï¼ ones. Further in vivo studies are needed to DISCERN-the impact conditions In That are on the ISS, Suchi as microgravity, Other space, spacecraft and Related Factor, May have on pathogenicity and virulence. "
If you think keeping From pandemic breaking out aboard the ISS-the Difficult, consideri Monumental-the challenge of keeping Earth bacteria infecting From Other Planets and wiping out-the-life theres That May Already Exist. Even Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster Could Be A FAMOUS deadly vector Crashes Into ow to Mars.