Microbiologist sees Earth benefits in Mars soil Houston Chronicle

As the Martian rovers continue their search for more evidence of life-giving water, a Prairie View A&M University researcher is creating life using an artificial soil simulating that found on Mars. For the past four years, Raul Cuero has used NASA’s factory-made soil to breed microbes in his lab, much like 100 other scientific researchers in the nation — and seven others in Texas — have done since 1998. And as Opportunity sits at Endurance, a 430-foot-wide crater on Mars, awaiting NASA’s command to jump in, Cuero has moved forward in his discovery that Mars soil may lead to solutions that could rid Earth of toxins.