New DNA sequencing supplies arrive at the Space Station, ready to examine on-board organisms

A new batch of MinION DNA sequencing supplies has arrived on the International Space Station, where the crew will be performing experiments to identify species that they find on the ISS. A NASA blog says: “Crew members will collect a sample from within the space station to be cultured aboard the orbiting laboratory. The sample… Read More New DNA sequencing supplies arrive at the Space Station, ready to examine on-board organisms

Biomolecule Sequencer issues pre-print publication

The team behind the Biomolecule Sequencer project today issued a pre print describing their project to sequence DNA on the International Space Station.  The authors note that “Simulated runs of in-flight nanopore data using an automated bioinformatic pipeline demonstrated the feasibility of real-time sequencing analysis and metagenomic identification of microbes in space. Additionally, cloud and… Read More Biomolecule Sequencer issues pre-print publication

First DNA sequencing under the sea: NEEMO uses the nanopore MinION

The MinION DNA sequencer is now under the ocean as well as on the International Space Station. The NASA Extreme Environment Mission (NEEMO) provides a research environment as close as possible to potential space exploration. Says the NASA NEEMO website:  “Much like space, the undersea world is a hostile, alien place for humans to live.” This… Read More First DNA sequencing under the sea: NEEMO uses the nanopore MinION