Genes in Space is a competition for US students in grades 7-12, who are invited to design DNA experiments that address challenges in space exploration. The winner’s experiment is run on the ISS, among other prizes.
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For the first time, the winner of the 2018 competition will be able to incorporate DNA sequencing as part of their onboard experiment. Over at the Genes in Space blog, NASA’s Sarah Stahl notes that “We were inspired by what the Genes in Space students were proposing and couldn’t be more thrilled that a student experiment will be the first to use it outside of our team.” Read the blog here.
The Genes in Space competition was founded by Boeing and miniPCR, with sponsorship by Math for America, New England Biolabs and the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).