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First Successful CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing on International Space Station

Student-led experiment edits yeast genes to study DNA repair in space  May 23, 2019, Cambridge, MA – For the first time, astronauts have used CRISPR/Cas9 technology to edit DNA in space. The gene editing technique was deployed on the International Space Station (ISS) to induce targeted breaks in the yeast genome. Molecular changes left behind as yeast […]


Studying DNA Breaks to Protect Future Space Travelers

by Melissa Gaskill, NASA. Earth’s atmosphere shields life on the ground from cosmic radiation that can damage DNA.  Astronauts in space have no such protection, and that puts them at risk. An investigation on the International Space Station examines DNA damage and repair in space in order to help protect the long-term health of space travelers. An organism […]


Studying DNA aboard the International Space Station

This article by the International Space Station Program Science Office first appeared on April 24th, 2018, in NASA Mission Pages.  April 24, 2018 – What do astronauts, microbes, and plants all have in common? Each relies on deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) – essentially a computer code for living things – to grow and thrive.Studying DNA in space could […]


Nature Microgravity publication: First PCR in Space

miniPCR is proud to announce that 2015 Genes in Space winner Anna-Sophia Boguraev’s experiment has been published today in the Nature Publishing Group peer-reviewed journal NPJ Microgravity.  The team led by Anna-Sophia showed for the first time that target DNA sequences can be successfully amplified in microgravity under a variety of conditions. The pivotal experiments […]


Enabling DNA Sequencing in Space

Investigation Aims to Identify Unknown Microbes in Space Adapted from April 25, 2017 NASA article on Genes in Space-3 collaboration.  Building on the ability to sequence DNA in space and previous investigations, Genes in Space-3 is a collaboration to prepare, sequence and identify unknown organisms, entirely from space. When NASA astronaut Kate Rubins sequenced DNA aboard the […]


miniPCR and partners launch STEM dreams to space (video)

This post originally appeared in the FedEx blog. FedEx is a sponsor of Genes in Space, the science competition organized by miniPCR and partners that invites students to design DNA analysis experiments for Space. Winning experiments are conducted aboard the International Space Station by astronauts using a miniPCR thermal cycler. Anna-Sophia Bougarev has been fascinated with space since […]


miniPCR Reaches International Space Station

miniPCR thermal cycling technology is now on board the International Space Station.  The Genes in Space 2015 winning experiment will be the first PCR experiment to be conducted on orbit, aboard the ISS. For a complete photo gallery of miniPCR launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center, please visit the Genes in […]


miniPCR Launching to International Space Station

NASA Highlights Array of Experiments Launching on Next SpaceX Cargo Mission (This Press Release issued by NASA highlights the upcoming launch of miniPCR to the International Space Station in the context of the Genes in Space-1 mission) WASHINGTON, March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, March […]


This Harvard Startup Is Sending Its DNA Machine to Space

This article appeared in Bostinno on Feb 4th 2016, and the full feature can be accessed from their website This Harvard Startup Is Sending Its DNA Machine to Space MiniPCR – the startup that’s bringing DNA technology to the masses – has started to grow so much that it’s out of this world. Literally. The company will be sending one […]