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

Gizmodo asks why you might need a DNA sequencer on board the ISS? The environment, health… and is there anything out there?

Gizmodo speaks to the NASA science team to ask why a DNA sequencer on board might be useful.   “All the [ISS’s] water is recycled and that’s from urine, condensate, sweat, everything,” Sarah Wallace, a microbiologist and the manager of the sequencing project told Gizmodo. “Is it being processed to where it’s microbially clean? We want… Read More Gizmodo asks why you might need a DNA sequencer on board the ISS? The environment, health… and is there anything out there?

Wired: No one nerds out over space science quite like Kate Rubins

Wired magazine has caught up with Kate Rubins, who is set to depart for the ISS on 6th July. WIRED: What ISS experiments are you most excited about working on?  Kate Rubins: Definitely sequencing DNA in orbit. My lab used to do gene expression and genomics, and we did a lot of sequencing samples from virus outbreaks. On… Read More Wired: No one nerds out over space science quite like Kate Rubins