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
Spaceflight.com has done perhaps the most detailed story yet on the project to sequence DNA on the ISS.
NASA has reported the safe arrival of the Dragon spacecraft, containing the MinION DNA sequencer and many other exciting items.
Congratulations to everyone at NASA and SpaceX on a wonderful launch! You can watch the buildup here, with blast-off at about 43 minutes. We had a little sendoff of our own to wish the payload good luck on its way to the ISS:
NASA microbiologist Sarah Wallace tells us about her work on the Biomolecule Sequencer Project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEJ7U6eWKcs&feature=youtu.be&t=579
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?
Astronaut and flight engineer Kate Rubins gave this interview to media outlet AP today, where she talked about the science she will be involved in on board, and the rationale for the Biomolecule Sequencer Project. “How germy is it on board the space station?” asks AP
Astronauts Kate Rubins, Anatoly Ivanishin and Takuya Onishi last night departed for the International Space Station. Rubins will be performing DNA sequencing in space for the first time using the MinION device and has been speaking enthusiastically about the project on twitter and in an interview with Engadget, /
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