Does anyone remember the movied "The Andromeda Strain"? I wonder if we do have a specific agency for dealing with potential infection threats from
With so many probes heading for Mars and other planets, the question of whether they could bring back new diseases has become important. SARS, Mad Cow
Disease and HIV are only three of the diseases that have crossed the species barrier, so infectious pathogens from Martian rock samples probably could
Leslie Mullen writes in Astrobiology Magazine that the International Committee Against Martian Sample Return is worried about this. Not all pathogens
cross the species barrier—our dogs and cats get diseases that don't affect us. Chicken and sheep farmers are untouched by diseases that wipe out
their flocks and herds. A Martian microbe could enter the human body, but be harmless because it's incompatible with human physiology.