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Immune System: Changes in Space
We know that the space environment can have detrimental effects on astronauts. NASA’s researchers are concerned about keeping astronauts as healthy as possible in space, so they are investigating how the immune system reacts to spaceflight. The following information provides a summary of what researchers have discovered so far.
Virulence changes in bacteria
A suppressed immune system exposed to organisms that have become
more virulent is a very bad combination!
Organisms such as Drosophila provide an effective tool for
understanding the changes that lead to immune suppression in space.
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Editor: Carol Elland
NASA Official: B J Navarro
Last Updated: September 2006
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