NASA: Engineered Microbes May Support Life in Space

Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center

Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center

A new NASA project called Synthetic Biology Initiative is studying the potential of designer microbes, based on tiny organisms called cyanobacterium, or blue-green algae, to convert the toxic atmospheres of planets like Mars or Venus into more hospitable environments. Such creatures would be manufactured using synthetic biology.

For more information on Synthetic Biology, please visit the NASA Ames Research Center Biology and Astrobiology site:

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