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NASA scientists discover FIVE new previously unknown strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in SPACE
) While cleaning the washrooms on the International Space Station (ISS), scientists from NASA reportedly discovered
new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria that have never before been identified, suggesting that deadly “superbugs” have the capacity to mutate and proliferate, even in outer space.
Publishing its findings in the journal BMC Microbiology
, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) analyzed multiple bacterial samples collected from the ISS, including four samples collected from the vessel’s lavatory waste and hygiene compartment, as well as one sample taken from the foot platform of a piece of resistance-training exercise equipment.
Upon analysis, the team identified five previously unknown strains of Enterobacter
bacteria, a genus known for its heavy resistance to antibiotics, and that commonly infects hospital patients with compromised immune systems.
“To show which species of the bacteria were present on the ISS, we used various methods to characterize their genomes in detail,” stated Kasthuri Venkateswaren, a senior research scientist with the JPL Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group and study co-author, in a statement.
“We revealed that genomes of the five ISS Enterobacter
strains were genetically most similar to three strains newly found on Earth