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Mapping the Human Bacteria and Microbes - We Will Need to Know for Long Term Space Flight

June 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 218

It seems that we have been able to decipher the DNA of a woolly mammoth which has been extinct for over 25,000 years or some say 12,000, while others 40,000. Whatever the time frame, that's pretty incredible when you think about it, and some Russian scientists have taken up the challenge of resurrecting the species. Is that possible you ask? Well, it appears that the screenplay writers for the movie Jurassic Park believed so - actually, so do I. Okay so, let's talk about this for second shall we?

Indeed, I've always said that even if you can resurrect a dinosaur or an extinct species, it doesn't mean that you will be able to resurrect all the microbes, and gut bacteria that that species needs to live in the present period - without that bacteria, and without those microbes the symbiotic relationship may preclude that animal from living well, prospering, or reproducing. The same thing would go for humans if they were extinct, or if you wanted to resurrect a Neanderthal using its DNA code.

There were recently several articles in the Science Journals and in the online science news about how researchers were mapping the human microbial life and bacteria. The New York Times even ran a piece on this topic on June 14, 2012 titled; "In Good Health? Thank Your 100 Trillion Bacteria," by Gina Kolata who made a very good case for why this is essential for solid human health. Still, I'd like to point out a few more facts if I might on this subject.

First off, if we are going to send humans on long-term spaceflight, we must protect the symbiotic relationship, including all the bacteria and microbes, and maintain the proper balance. If one bacteria gets too out of line, or grows exponentially due to zero gravity, low gravity, or some other aspect during the long-term space travel, that it will play havoc on the human bio system. Further, if we put humans during long-term spaceflight into hibernation - those microbes also must also survive under such a low power setting, as basically the body would shut down.

This means that the human body with all of its components may not be able to jump back into shape in time, therefore a bacteria and microbe cocktail must be injected, drunken, or we need to submerge the human in a bath of bacteria and microbes - of the exact type that they need to maintain that symbiotic healthy relationship. What if some of that bacteria gets hungry, and runs away with the game during that hibernation? In any case, we need to study all this stuff, before we'd don ourselves gurus of human health expertise. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Future Space Concepts. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank;

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