Scientists Are Fighting Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Space with Silvery Shield – Space.com

While living in space weakens astronauts’ bodies, microbes can thrive in the zero-gravity environment, growing stronger and even developing resistance to antibiotics.  To help minimize the spread of germs on the International Space Station, researchers have developed a new type of antimicrobial coating made of silver and ruthenium and tested it on one of the yuckiest surfaces inside the space station — the toilet door.  Having coated the door to the space toilet with the new substance, known as “AgXX,” the space station astronauts tested the surface for bacterial growth three times over the course of 19 months. After the ...

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