NASA is sending a superbug to the International Space Station to be studied. The MRSA bacteria will be launched on a Space-X Falcon-Nine rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida Saturday, February 18th.
MRSA, which is sometimes called staph, is resistant to available antibiotics and can cause health problems like pneumonia and bloodstream infections. Lead researcher Anita Goel says zero-gravity will help scientists understand how the superbug becomes resistant to antibiotics. Goel reassured astronauts won't come in direct contact with the super bug, adding that it's not NASA'S first rodeo with super bugs at the station.
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