Salmonella in space: Research may hold clues to infections on Earth

02/18/2013 | SmithsonianMag.com

Salmonella bacteria that traveled to space returned three to seven times more potent than their Earth-grown counterparts, and researchers hope to identify the mechanism behind the change and use it to help prevent and treat human infections and foodborne pathogens. “This research opens up new areas for investigations that may improve food treatment, develop new therapies and vaccines to combat food poisoning in humans here on Earth, and protect astronauts on orbit from infectious disease,” said NASA's Julie Robinson.

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