The first Genes in space project
Genes in Space-1 was the first project to use PCR in space to amplify DNA using a minipcr thermal cycler. This 2016 groundbreaking experiment was quickly followed by another important study using the Biomolecule Sequencer, which used the MINION device to sequence DNA.
After results from the Biomolecule Sequencer investigation were published in scientific journals, the next appropriate step was to marry the two projects together to create an even more impressive experiment – a full microbial identification process while in space. This is the Genes in Space-3 project.
Astronaut Kate Rubins with the MINION device during the first run of the Biomolecular Sequencer investigation