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.