Shape-Shifting Bacteria Found On International Space Station

Submitted by: trimble 1 month ago in Science Weird


Uh-oh.

An excerpt from Sky News: The "clever shape-shifting" was detected in bacteria being experimented on in the near-weightlessness of space, and is believed to help the bacteria survive.

An experiment on the common E coli bacteria subjected it to different concentrations of the antibiotic gentamicin sulfate, a drug which kills the bug on Earth.

However, in comparison to a control group on Earth, the space bacteria showed a 13-fold increase in cell numbers and a 73% reduction in cell column size.

"We knew bacteria behave differently in space and that it takes higher concentrations of antibiotics to kill them," said the study's lead author, Dr Luis Zea.

"What's new is that we conducted a systematic analysis of the changing physical appearance of the bacteria during the experiments."
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Female 4,396
scheckydamon There's always time for lubricant!
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Male 6,086
kalron27 Anyone try crossing their 3 eyes trying to see this in 3D?
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kalron27 If that had boobs, I'd be set - perfect woman!

:p
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Male 39,883
So they made shape shifting drug resistant e coli ...... Sounds like a good idea.

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Gerry1of1 Sounds like long distance space travel just took a HUGE step backwards. We are covered in E Coli.
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Male 6,086
Gerry1of1 Well Human extinction  has to start somewhere 
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Male 3,421
Well this already sounds like a a sci-fi channel movie plot...

Yeah, lets just stop these experiments now.
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Female 4,396
daegog reminds me of the Andromeda Strain  (watch for popups)
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Male 6,086
melcervini The original was better than the remake
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thezigrat I haven't watched the remake... they dont usually pan out well lol
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melcervini In the remake the plague was intelligent and was created by the government who killed off a number of the doctors trying to find a cure. The cure was packed in with the satellite it re entered in
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Female 4,396
thezigrat ..... glad i missed it lol
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Male 6,086
Humans will adapt to survive the new strain of bacteria just like we did last time, with about the same population rate loss of about 90%. But knowing how humans breed the deficit will be recovered quickly
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Male 1,011
thezigrat Did you watch the movie "Life"?
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Male 6,086
lockner01 Not yet, was it good?
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thezigrat I'm a sucker for movies like that so I enjoyed it.   I would rate it as a rainy day rental with a couple of drinks.
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thezigrat After seeing Idiocracy, I don't like the prognosis on this "breeding" thing you speak of.
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insaneai Yeah, we just have to hope the survivors that breed are for the betterment of our species, and not the path we have been currently going down.
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cobrakiller We would instate a system of selective breeding of two types: one the worker cast, those will be engendered  and trained for manual, mechanical, horticultural tasks, etc. The other will be engendered  for farming. That would avoid the present problems of your present society.
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thezigrat All workers, no rulers.  I could deal with that. 

Well...as long as I'm part of the selected breeding.
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cobrakiller All the remaining humans would be conditioned to serve and even revere Us
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Male 1,732
melcervini And I, for one, welcome our new shape shifting bacterial overlords.
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thezigrat So, there would be a few of us on top watching over it all.  

If I am in some sort of control here, then I am definitely part of the selected breeding process.
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cobrakiller As long as you are not chosen for farming
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thezigrat I have multiple degrees, experience in leadership, and am really good at arguing my way to my goals.  I do not see myself in the fields.
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cobrakiller You would have to be electronically conditioned to serve or sent to a farm. You would be a bad rebellion risk as a free thinker
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Male 7,830
thezigrat You need free thinkers among those who lead.  Otherwise how would we be able so solve any issues that were to come to pass. 

I would just have limited to no access to the general population.
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Male 6,086
cobrakiller Allowing some free thinkers are acceptable as long as they have been conditioned to service Our Civilization or else they would have to be electronically "Tamed" or electronically decrebreated for farming. Selective breeding would be allowed for both the working class and those selected for farming before they are assigned
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thezigrat My free thinking would always and only be used for the betterment of our civilization.
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Male 6,086
cobrakiller We already have  genetically engendered  members of our race installed in Bio computers. Humans are not needed for those functions
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Male 7,830
thezigrat I am far superior to any of your Bio Computers.
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Female 4,396
cobrakiller Pretty daunting task considering the vast amounts of genders earthlings seem to have ;)

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Male 7,830
melcervini many genders, but only two sexes.
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melcervini Of all the reasons for an alien family to fear the human race, gender identity issues is nowhere near the top.
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Female 4,396
cobrakiller lol that was for earthlings in general
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Male 7,830
melcervini in that case, right on.
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