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Comments on LOCAD-PTS Handheld Microorganism Detector
Astronauts only carry the best in hand-held instrumentation - this one is a pocket-sized biology lab. (Read the complete story)

"Greg Bear also wrote an interesting piece for space.com on the subject of microorganisms in space:
"Bacteria seem to flourish in weightless conditions, which is easy to understand, given the nature of their medium. Water at their scale is like a very thick gel, and all their motions and chemical processes have to deal with this gel before they deal with the much less formidable effect of gravity.
Bacteria are masters at adapting in unexpected ways to new environments. If, under weightless conditions, they find themselves transported to places and situations where opportunity beckons--where tempting resources suddenly become available--they could change in ways we can't currently predict. (Imagine a spacecraft filled with highly motivated and creative microbes intent on filling every open ecological niche, engaging in a microscopic Cambrian explosion!)"
(Read more at Biospace 21)"
(Bill Christensen 5/13/2007 6:44:46 PM)
"Is this device available commercially?"
(davis 7/17/2007 6:41:53 AM)

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