Scientists call for your 'good' germs to send to space

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Microbes are everywhere in us, on us, and all over in the environment.

While some can cause disease many actually play an essential role in keeping us healthy.

Kitchen pantry scientist, Liz Heinecke, joined KARE 11 Sunrise to talk about the call from scientists for those "good" germs.

Once the germs are collected and sent in, 40 samples will be sent to the International Space Station to astronauts can study how microbial populations grow in space.

Liz tested different kinds of germs from hands on petri dishes, and also spoke about an armpit testing kit and where you can find it.

Kids who love bugs can have fun with The Camel Cricket Project, that asks people to be on the look out for a specific cricket that is still rare in Minnesota.

If ants are your thing, the same organization has a project called If You Give an Ant a Cookie, which helps kids identify ants they might find in their own back yard.

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