Not only can we get bacteria FROM space, when we take it with us INTO space, it becomes MORE dangerous!
When salmonella bacteria (which we most commonly catch from raw chicken) was flown into space in special sealed test tubes, it became MORE POWERFUL. It was three times more likely to kill mice than the regular kind of salmonella found on earth.
BBC News quotes bacteria expert Cheryl Nickerson as saying, "Wherever humans go, microbes go; you can't sterilize humans. Wherever we go, under the oceans or orbiting the Earth, the microbes go with us, and it's important that we understand?how they're going to change."
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