What we can learn from ISS microbes

PhD student Alex McFarland and postdoc Ryan Blaustein review data comparing ISS and Earth-based microbes

Our latest publication, led by postdoc Ryan Blaustein, is an Editor’s pick in the journal mSystems! He used pangenomics to see if there was anything special about microbes in a very special built environment: the International Space Station. Luckily for astronauts, while there are some particular features of ISS microbes, they don’t look like they’re going to do humans any harm. Peruse some of the popular media pieces covering this work below.

Good news: space bacteria (probably) aren’t evolving to destroy us in Popular Science

Study on Microbes Found on International Space Station Is “Quite a Relief” on inverse.com