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Resilient microorganisms in dust samples of the International Space Station—survival of the adaptation specialists

Mora, Maximilian ; Perras, Alexandra ; Alekhova, Tatiana A. ; Wink, Lisa ; Krause, Robert ; Aleksandrova, Alina ; Novozhilova, Tatiana ; Moissl-Eichinger, Christine


Background: The International Space Station (ISS) represents a unique biotope for the human crew but also for introduced microorganisms. Microbes experience selective pressures such as microgravity, desiccation, poor nutrient-availability due to cleaning, and an increased radiation level. We hypothesized that the microbial community inside the ISS is modified by adapting to these stresses. For ...


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