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Mycological Evaluation of Crew Exposure to ISS Ambient Air - 2 (Myco-2)


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Experiment Overview

This content was provided by Chiaki Mukai, Ph.D., M.D., and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.

Information provided courtesy of the Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Brief Summary

Mycological Evaluation of Crew Exposure to ISS Ambient Air - 2 (Myco-2) evaluates the risk of microorganisms' via inhalation and adhesion to the skin to determine which fungi act as allergens on the ISS.

Principal Investigator(s)

  • Chiaki Mukai, Ph.D., M.D., Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, Japan
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    Sponsoring Space Agency

    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

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    ISS Expedition Duration

    September 2010 - March 2011

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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview

    • Myco-2 samples will be collected from the nasal cavity, the pharynx and the skin of crew during preflight, in flight and postflight focusing particularly on fungi which act as strong allergens in our living environment.


    It is well known that a living and working environment in the ISS has been progressively contaminated by a number of microorganisms from the beginning of construction. These microorganisms can possibly cause serious life-threatening diseases and allergies if human immunity is compromised.

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    Operational Protocols

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    Information provided by the investigation team to the ISS Program Scientist's Office.
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