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Research on the Effects of Alteration of the Indigenous Microflora of the Monkey

Report Number: AMRL TR 67-177
Author: Bengson, Myron H.
Author: Thomae, Fred W.
Corporate Author: General Electric Company
Laboratory: Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories
Date of Publication: 1968-05
Pages: 162
Contract: AF 33(615)-5242
Project: 6373
AD Number: AD0673374

The feasibility of changing the bacterial and fungal flora of monkeys undergoing biological confinement was studied. The significance to the host of an altered ecological relationship was examined with special attention to the feasibility and consequences of requiring microbial compatibility of astronauts for extended space mission. It was determined that while it would be extremely desirable to have microbial compatibility among crew members, tampering with the indigenous flora poses special problems for which there are as yet no answers. A data and information retrieval system, designed to aid in solving some of the problems mentioned above, has been designed and is presented.

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