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Edge Of Space Microbes Revived


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#1    News-Bot

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Posted 18 December 2002 - 10:49 AM

                                                Microbes collected from the edge of space have been brought back to life in the lab.

This enabled the high-flying organisms to be identified, almost two years after they were found in air samples collected by a weather balloon cruising at 41,000 metres (135,000 feet) over southern India.

The two species of bacteria (B. simplex, S. pasteuri) and one fungus (E. albus) are similar to common ground-dwelling microbes which lurk in soil and vegetation, says Milton Wainwright of the University of Sheffield, UK, who worked out how to culture the cells.

How the bugs got there is not known, but there are three possibilities: they were carried up on winds, they sneaked into the samples on Earth or they have flown through space and are aliens making their way down to our planet.

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Posted 19 December 2002 - 04:37 AM

                                                
QUOTE (News-Bot @ Dec 18 2002, 05:49 AM)
they have flown through space and are aliens making their way down to our planet.


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Posted 19 December 2002 - 05:15 AM

                                                im sure there are scarier fungi and bacteria on your body, Homer, than the ones coming from space  laugh.gif                                                

if there was a meteor,
adrift amongst space,
set about on a collision course
not with Earth, but my face...
i wonder if id even know,
at what time i might,
be passed off like an old style
and by the meteor be smite?

- me, 1997

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Posted 19 December 2002 - 10:56 AM

                                                Lol at DSchwartz laugh.gif

I have Friendly Bacteria in my body, according to the lable on my Yogurt drink biggrin.gif
And definetly no nasty Fungi. wacko.gif                                                  


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Posted 19 December 2002 - 01:58 PM

                                                 laugh.gif  @ DSchwartz

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