Genes in Space experiment headed to Kennedy Space Center

2016 US Genes in Space winner, Julian Rubinfien’s, experiment is headed to Kennedy Space Center. Next stop – space! Zeke Alvarez-Saavedra, miniPCR and Genes in Space co-founder, and Julian’s mentor, Kutay Deniz Atabay, prepared the samples for shipment at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, MA.

Julian’s experiment will test if telomere-like DNA can be amplified using miniPCR in space. It will also test colometric loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) in space carried out on a miniPCR machine.

Enjoy some pictures from the sample prep day. Next update will be from Kennedy Space Center where we will accompany Julian and Deniz during space launch.

Genes in Space is a partnership between miniPCR, CASIS, Math for America, New England Biolabs, and Boeing. It is also supported by sponsor FedEx.


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