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 will then be prepared for sequencing, in a process similar to the one used during the Genes in Space-1 investigation, using the miniPCR and finally, sequenced and identified using the MinION device.” Read more.

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