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Micro-organisms under a Simulated Martian Environment

Nature volume 193, page 497 (03 February 1962) | Download Citation

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MANY investigators speculating on the environmental conditions of Mars have concluded that some form of life exists there1–5. Fulton et al.6,7 have shown that several (unidentified) species of bacteria are able to survive under a simulated Martian atmosphere. No work, however, has been reported on the effect of these conditions on the physiology or the virulence of bacteria. In the work recorded here the anaerobic spore-forming organism Cl. botulinum and encapsulated facultative anaerobic organism K. pneumoniae were used to determine these effects.

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  1. Armour Research Foundation of Illinois Institute of Technology, Technology Center, Chicago 16.

    • ERVIN HAWRYLEWICZ
    • , BETTY GOWDY
    •  & RICHARD EHRLICH

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