Navigation Links
Engineer to launch bacteria into space aboard the final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis
Date:6/27/2011

Troy, N.Y. There will be some very interesting passengers on the final mission of the NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis scheduled to launch July 8, 2011: thousands of bacteria.

Cynthia Collins, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer, is leading a series of experiments called Micro-2A that will be aboard the shuttle during its scheduled 12-day mission. The research seeks to understand how microgravity changes the way potentially dangerous bacteria grows. In particular, the research will examine how they form difficult-to-kill colonies called biofilms. The research has important implications for protecting astronauts while they are in space in enclosed and difficult-to-clean spaces, such as the International Space Station, or during extended space missions deeper into our solar system. It also provides new information in the fight against ever-more virulent bacterial infections such as staph, food poisoning, sepsis, and pneumonia.

Partnering with Collins on the project are nanobiotechnology expert Jonathan Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer and director of the Rensselaer Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, and thin films expert Joel Plawsky, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The NASA Ames Research Center is funding the experiment.

This is the second time that Collins' research will be included on the shuttle. Her research on bacteria was also aboard the shuttle mission that launched May 14, 2010. Collins has been analyzing the results of this previous work and will use this new series of experiments to test some of the results she has seen.

"We are clearly seeing altered biofilm formation during space flight," she said. "There are some clear differences between the amount of biofilm formed in normal gravity and microgravity. These differences also appear to be organism dependent, wi
'/>"/>

Contact: Gabrielle DeMarco
demarg@rpi.edu
518-276-6542
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Engineering blue-hued flowers
2. UA engineering college lands national support for equipment used in unique research
3. U.S. Biomedical Leaders Present a New National Device Innovation Strategy Based on "Value-driven Engineering"
4. Progress in tissue engineering to repair joint damage in osteoarthritis
5. Environmental engineering students and faculty study Passaic River pollution
6. Engineering new weapons in the fight against juvenile diabetes
7. Engineered liver may shed light on effects of chemicals in the environment
8. Columbia Engineering team makes major step in improving forecasts of weather extremes
9. Virginia Tech mechanical engineers win measurement science best paper award
10. Penn researchers help nanoscale engineers choose self-assembling proteins
11. Stevens biomedical engineering students fight hypothermia on the battlefield
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Engineer to launch bacteria into space aboard the final mission of Space Shuttle Atlantis
(Date:12/10/2014)... 2014 You,ve been here before: you desperately need ... your password, site key or the answer to your secret ... teacher? Today, Hoyos Labs , a ... will finally put an end to the frustration that comes ... . 1U leverages a user,s smartphone to acquire his or ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... N.C. , Dec. 9, 2014  Wake Forest Baptist ... education building for its School of Medicine. Funding for ... larger capital campaign that will be publicly launched next ... be located in the former 60 series R.J. Reynolds ... Innovation Quarter. Construction will begin immediately with plans to ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... --Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/xclcvw/biometrics_market ) ... Market in Japan 2014-2018" report to their ... The integration of biometrics and smart ... upgradation of the driver,s license is one of ... the aforementioned projects, biometrics is being used as ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):The Password is Finally Dead: Launch of 1U Mobile App Eliminates Need for All Usernames and Passwords 2The Password is Finally Dead: Launch of 1U Mobile App Eliminates Need for All Usernames and Passwords 3Wake Forest Baptist to Build New Medical Education Facility In Wake Forest Innovation Quarter 2Wake Forest Baptist to Build New Medical Education Facility In Wake Forest Innovation Quarter 3Wake Forest Baptist to Build New Medical Education Facility In Wake Forest Innovation Quarter 4Biometrics Market in Japan 2014-2018: Key Vendors are DDS, Fujitsu, Hitachi and NEC 2
... over the last few decades has triggered widespread ecosystem ... lakes, say researchers at Queen,s University and the Ontario ... striking changes are now occurring in many temperate lakes ... Arctic, although typically many decades later. The Arctic has ...
... marrow that can continuously make red and white blood ... lab. This development could lead to simpler ... and a continuous supply of blood for transfusions. ... the tissues supporting bone marrow in the body, said ...
... awarded the distinction of Fellow in the American Association ... field of microbial genomics and ecology, particularly for pioneering ... Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed ... presidential professor in OU,s Department of Botany and Microbiology ...
Cached Biology News:Study links ecosystem changes in temperate lakes to climate warming 2Biomedical researchers create artificial human bone marrow in a test tube 2University of Oklahoma researcher named 2008 AAAS Fellow 2
(Date:12/24/2014)... 24, 2014 The report expects global ... by 2019. It also provides a carefully analyzed data ... challenges for the market. , Full Copy of Report ... the global market for cell expansion will keep witnessing ... expects this growth to be driven by rapid technological ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... LOUIS , Dec. 23, 2014 ... today that the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino ... the acquisition expired on December 22, 2014, thereby ... review requirement for the acquisition of the Company ... U.S. antitrust clearance satisfies another condition to closing ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... 2014 /PRNewswire/ - RepliCel Life Sciences Inc. (OTCQB: REPCF) ... on the development of autologous cell therapies, announced today ... of Calgary in conjunction with co-authors from Kyoto University ... the company,s ongoing clinical research using dermal sheath cup ... The paper entitled " Hair Follicle Dermal ...
(Date:12/22/2014)... ITRA Global, one of the largest organizations ... estate, has further expanded its global reach with the ... Western Australia, reports Mylinda Vick, CCIM, Chairman of the ... / ACORPP (Australian Corporate Property and Projects) , is ... services to a wide range of clients in the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:The Cell Expansion Market is Expected to Reach $14.8 billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 2The Cell Expansion Market is Expected to Reach $14.8 billion by 2019 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Receives U.S. Antitrust Clearance 2Acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Receives U.S. Antitrust Clearance 3Newly Released Peer-Reviewed Publication Further Validates RepliCel's Use of Dermal Sheath Cup Cells to Treat Pattern Baldness 2Newly Released Peer-Reviewed Publication Further Validates RepliCel's Use of Dermal Sheath Cup Cells to Treat Pattern Baldness 3Newly Released Peer-Reviewed Publication Further Validates RepliCel's Use of Dermal Sheath Cup Cells to Treat Pattern Baldness 4Newly Released Peer-Reviewed Publication Further Validates RepliCel's Use of Dermal Sheath Cup Cells to Treat Pattern Baldness 5ITRA Global Continues International Expansion in Perth and Brisbane, Australia 2
... The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality has been ... physician and clinic settings, but participation will not necessarily be ... be part of a federal pilot project to develop a ... present it in a format that is useful to both ...
... Networks Corporation said it has been named ... year for 2005. , ,The award recognizes revenue ... and support of Cisco telephony products. Pat Scheckel, ... the firm's fifth straight year as Cisco's top ...
... WTN caught up with Tom Koulopoulos for more of his views ... part one . , , WTN: You have spoken about outsourcing ... organizations. But doesn't outsourcing also introduce risk, through the loss of ... the second most likely area of concern is giving up control. ...
Cached Biology Technology:Healthcare quality initiative shuns high-tech for now 2IT outsourcing according to Tom Koulopoulos, part 2 2IT outsourcing according to Tom Koulopoulos, part 2 3IT outsourcing according to Tom Koulopoulos, part 2 4
Request Info...
...
...
... The Cetac Ultrasonic Nebulizers are available in ... The difference between these two models is that ... condenser to create a drier aerosol for improved ... enhances detection limits for a range of elements ...
Biology Products: