miniPCR at the International Space University

Dr. Reut Sorek-Abramovich, an astrobiologist and research fellow at the The Dead-Sea and Arava Science Center (DSASC), Israel, has presented students from the International Space University (ISU) participating in SSP18 in Delft, the Netherlands, with a specific tailored astrobiology workshop.

The workshop was designed to give the participants hands on experience with DNA extraction and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) protocols – both vital steps for future DNA identification in any space sample originating from a deep space return mission. miniPCR was instrumental in showing not only the principles and mechanics behind the process, but as an example of how science education and innovation are happening right now through modern space economics.

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