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Pushing the boundaries of space biotechnology

How the space environment affects microorganisms, and the ways in which these processes can help human development, are only just starting to be understood.

The companies in the US, China and other nations that are exploring the potential benefits of space microorganisms are performing cutting-edge research with enormous implications for mankind's health, wellbeing and industrial development.

Research is telling us that the changes that occur to the microorganisms may be due to multiple changes in the genome, transcriptome, proteome and metabolome, and so produce effects at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and whole organism levels.

Based on these findings, we have proposed the direction of the space microbiology development.

Microorganisms are natural constituents of our current environment, existing in air, water, soil and biotic systems and, sometimes, being transported into space.

Microorganisms readily adapt to changes in environmental variables such as weightlessness, cosmic radiation, temperature, pressure and nutrient levels – even within the extreme and complex space environment – and exhibit a range of morphological and physiological changes as a result.

They often possess characteristics such as being small, fast-growing and adaptable and so are extremely suitable for space study.


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