Space-resistant bacteria considered intellectual property of European Space Agency


“While everything around them died, these hearty germs soldiered on—indeed, the bacteria are described as “probably space travel resistant,” meaning that they could very likely be the first terrestrial organisms to “explore” other worlds […] Intriguingly, the resulting organisms, stored at the Leibniz-Institut, are considered the intellectual property of the European Space Agency, which suggests that at least someone there has his or her eye on possible future medical developments using these impressively tough little survivors.”

Gizmodo, Nov 2013

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/11/super-bugs-inadvertently-created-by-spacecraft-sterilisation-protocols/

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