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Russia warns of deadly mutant space bacteria


Posted on Saturday, 7 July, 2018 | Comment icon 13 comments

What happens when mutated bacteria from space return to the Earth ? Image Credit: NCI/NIH
Bacteria that mutate during a trip in to space could become a threat to life on Earth, scientists claim.
Extraterrestrial organisms may not be the only biological threat from outer space - that is, at least, according to Russian scientists who have been researching what happens when bacteria that have managed to survive a trip in to space actually make it back to the Earth.

A long-running Russian experiment named Biorisk has revealed that microorganisms found on the outside of the International Space Station have mutated in such a way so as to make them more aggressive as well as a lot more resistant to antibiotics.

There is a chance that these mutated bacteria could pose a significant risk to life here on Earth.

"Hypothetically, in distant future, the arrival of alien substances from other planets to Earth may be possible as well as to other planets from Earth," scientists wrote in a report about the findings.

"In addition, the danger is posed by terrestrial microorganisms that returned from space after visiting another planet and transforming in an unknown manner in its atmosphere."

Efforts are now underway to develop ways to prevent contamination by such organisms in the future.

Source: Russia Today | Comments (13)

Tags: Bacteria, Space

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by Dyna on 7 July, 2018, 21:06
That's why I mentioned the earthy one in NASA clean room. They are really capable creatures!
Comment icon #5 Posted by ChaosRose on 7 July, 2018, 21:28
 
Comment icon #6 Posted by XenoFish on 7 July, 2018, 21:43
CR, I'm ready for a 28 Days Later or Romero scenario.
Comment icon #7 Posted by John Allanson on 7 July, 2018, 21:43
Nothing like scaring the crap out of everyone on the basis of a possible maybe theory.
Comment icon #8 Posted by ChaosRose on 7 July, 2018, 21:50
It seems like you and Piney are all set for SHTF.  You've got your off the grid cabin going and he's got his chainsaw. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Grandpa Greenman on 8 July, 2018, 1:50
It is bound to happen sooner or later with or without going to space.  Just overpopulation along with environmental stresses is enough.  All it takes is a bird flu to jump species or something unknown from the thawing permafrost in the arctic. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by Ell on 8 July, 2018, 7:24
There are bacteria everywhere. There are bacteria everywhere in the air, too. That means that there are bacteria at the very top of the Earth's atmosphere, at the edge of space. That means that the Earth has been exposed to mutated bacteria that have returned from the edge of space for more than four billion years. Undoubtedly some people will suggest that those mutated bacteria are what killed off the dinosaurs - but they are wrong. This kind of fear-mongering science is bogus.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Nnicolette on 8 July, 2018, 16:00
Anyone ever read the andromeda strain?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Seti42 on 9 July, 2018, 3:16
Anyone ever notice how Mysterious Universe regularly 'borrows' and rewrites articles form this site? https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/07/russian-scientists-warn-of-mutant-bacteria-from-space/ I like MU, but damn...It's uncanny.
Comment icon #13 Posted by paperdyer on 9 July, 2018, 19:58
The question is was temperature mimicking the heat of re-entry used to see if the bacteria is killed or is Russia trying to see if they can weaponize this.  If they have an OOPS! they can say, We warned you about this. Sort of sounds like an old Sci-Fi movie I watch many years ago.


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