Bacteria grow differently in space, NASA study reveals

07/9/2013 |

NASA scientists observing the growth of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterium in space found that it developed more live cells and had more biomass than its Earthly counterparts, and that it grew in a column-and-canopy structure never seen before. The study was conducted to better develop ways to recycle and reduce waste on long-term spaceflights, but the findings also have implications for bacterial research and preventing the spread of infection in hospitals.

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