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‘Genes in Space’ Winning High School Team Launches CRISPR Gene Editing Experiment to International Space Station

Research could help protect astronauts from radiation damage on long missions to deep space  KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (May 3, 2019) – The winners of the 2018 Genes in Space competition, Aarthi Vijayakumar, 17, Michelle Sung, 17, Rebecca Li, 17, and David Li, 18, of Minnesota, will see their DNA experiment launch to the International Space Station (ISS) […]


High School Students Launch ‘Genes in Space’ Experiments to International Space Station

Research could lead to DNA-based methods to monitor astronaut health  KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (April 2, 2018) – The winners of the 2017 Genes in Space competition, Sophia Chen, 15, of Washington and Elizabeth Reizis, 15, of New York, will see their DNA experiments launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on April 2, aboard NASA’s Commercial Resupply […]


Highlights from Space Biology Camp 2019

2019 Genes in Space winners Finsam Samson and Yujie Wang descended on Houston this week to take part in Space Biology Camp. At Space Biology Camp, Genes in Space winners carry out their winning experiment on the ground to help troubleshoot the procedure ahead of its launch to the International Space Station (ISS). The team […]


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 […]