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Sunita Williams and the Spacebug:Simplifier



  Jun 15, 2024

Sunita Williams and the Spacebug:Simplifier



Q: What is the "spacebug" detected in the ISS?
A: The "spacebug" is a multi-drug resistant bacteria named Enterobacter bugandensis (E. bugandensis).

Q: Where was the bacteria detected?
A: The bacteria was detected in the International Space Station (ISS).

Q: How did the bacteria evolve in the ISS?
A: The bacteria evolved and became more potent in the closed environment of the ISS.

Q: What are the health risks associated with E. bugandensis?
A: The bacteria can infect the respiratory system and pose health risks to the crew, particularly those with compromised immune systems.

Q: Who is at risk due to the presence of E. bugandensis in the ISS?
A: Sunita Williams and other crew members who have been living in the ISS for a longer period are at risk.

Q: What is the significance of this discovery?
A: This discovery highlights the need for continued monitoring and research on the effects of space travel on microbial evolution and human health.




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