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Could humans have contaminated Mars with life? – BBC News

Humanity has sent spacecraft and landers to the Red Planet since the space age began. Now, we know which microbes might have survived the trip, says geneticist…

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Eventually, humans will set foot on Mars, carrying the cocktail of microbes that live on and inside our bodies with them. These microbes too will likely adapt, mutate, and change. And we can learn from them too. They may even make life on Mars more tolerable for those who go there, since the unique genomes adapting to the Martian environment could be sequenced, transmitted back to Earth for further characterisation, and then utilised for therapeutics and research on both planets.
Given all the planned…

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