Space-based discovery could fight infectious disease on Earth

10.1371_journal.pbio.0030166.g001-M.gifBy observing how Salmonella cultured aboard the Space Shuttle had become especially virulent because of its weightless environment, scientists have learned more in general about how pathogens cause disease and discovered potential therapies for limiting virulence in human bodies on Earth.

The development of miniaturization technologies and smaller and less expensive spacecraft, as well as less costly ways to access space, could be a boon to medical research.

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