The Biomolecule Sequencer project is underway at NASA, where a team of scientists and engineers are preparing to perform DNA in space for the first time. NASA quotes its ‘Science Objectives for everyone’ as follows:
“Living organisms contain DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, and sequencing DNA is a powerful way to understand how they respond to changing environments. The Biomolecule Sequencer investigation seeks to demonstrate, for the first time, that DNA sequencing is feasible in an orbiting spacecraft. A space-based DNA sequencer could identify microbes, diagnose diseases and understand crew member health, and potentially help detect DNA-based life elsewhere in the universe.”
We invite you to visit this blog, which follows the progress of the project.