The first Genes in space project

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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

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