IIT-Madras- NASA jointly study multidrug-resistant pathogens on International Space Station

Jun 13, 2024

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Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are studying multidrug-resistant pathogens on the International Space Station (ISS).

The findings could help inform and ensure the health of astronauts.

A study of the microbial landscape on the ISS is crucial to the health of astronauts who are deeply influenced by microorganisms on board the station which has limited access to medical facilities.

The researchers studied the genomic, functional, and metabolic enhancement in multidrug resistant pathogens, focussing on Enterobacter bugandensis – a nosocomial pathogen (originated in a hospital) — and 13 strains of the bacterium were isolated from the ISS.

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