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In Space, No One Can Hear You Sneeze

The greatest threat to space travel may be the common cold

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IN WHAT COULD BE THE PREMISE OF A HORROR SCI-FI movie, scientists have discovered that bacteria shape-shift. In experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS), they found that E. coli adapts so it is harder to kill with antibiotics. The discovery potentially poses a big problem for space travel: On long-duration missions, we will need antibiotics to treat sick astronauts. But if bacteria are able to quickly develop resistance to them, common infections could become deadly in space.

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