LANL: Gut Microbiome Samples Head For Space Tonight!

Tonight LANL scientists Armand Dichosa and Kumar Anand are sending samples of the human gut microbiome into space. Courtesy photo
LANL News:
Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists Armand Dichosa and Anand Kumar are sending samples of the human gut microbiome into space tonight, part of a project with NASA, DTRA and Rhodium Scientific.
On its 11:50 p.m. March 6 launch, SpaceX-20 will carry these samples to the International Space Station National Laboratory where they will be allowed to grow in order to understand the effect microgravity has on the microbial community.
The samples have been carefully prepared at Los Alamos so that for each sample there is a complementary sample staying here on Earth.
Upon return, both sets of samples will be sequenced and analyzed to identify genetic changes that might occur to the bacterial communities, and to understand the potential implications these changes may have to human health in microgravity.
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Gut Microbiome samples. Courtesy/LANL