Space Gets Slimed: New Satellite Will Monitor Mold Growth in Space | Space.com

Here’s a story that combines two of my favorite topics these days, microbes and space.  In this case students from Japan are building a special satellite to house and photograph slime mold growth (Dictyostelium discoideum).  I’m not sure exactly what they’ll learn from this, but it sounds cool!  Pictures and data will be publicly available which is a bonus.

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David Coil

David Coil is a Project Scientist in the lab of Jonathan Eisen at UC Davis. David works at the intersection between research, education, and outreach in the areas of the microbiology of the built environment, microbial ecology, and bacterial genomics. Twitter