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Old 20 July 2017, 03:15 AM
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Originally Posted by ASL View Post
Interesting, but I would imagine moving cultures of bacteria would be trivial compared to the problem of moving people. Which isn't to say it's an insignificant problem, just that, as a known (or anticipated problem) the solution ought to be simple enough, all things considered.
The issue is the lack of spontaneous developing diversity. You can take a butt-load (giggle) of bacteria with you but that isn't what is needed. What is needed is a large enough population of people and bacteria for the needed bacteria to evolve naturally in response to the characteristics of diet and life. It is unlikely that suitable bacteria exist on Earth now since they would not be needed and have not been selected for the peculiarities of multi-generational space travel in a very limited biome.
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