In this post, NASA provides an update on the contents of the planned 9th Commercial Resupply Services (CRS-9) flight by SpaceX for NASA. “From Magnetic Levitation to Frozen Wax, Cargo Spacecraft to Carry Wide Range of Investigations” (including DNA sequencing).
An article in Technology Review interviews NASA’s Aaron Burton, and Weill’s Chris Mason on the forthcoming experiment to assess the possibilities of sequencing in space, and why that might be important.
The MinION DNA sequencer and flow cells will leave Earth for the first time in mid July on SpaceX. We’ll be watching!
Ed Yong at the Atlantic writes on numerous applications of the MinION handheld DNA sequencer. “Aboard the International Space Station, six people are currently orbiting the planet at 17,000 miles per hour, taking in fifteen sunrises and sunsets every day. The view is unbeatable; the floating sensation, sublime. But good luck to them if they… Read More The Atlantic: a sequencer in every pocket
Scientific American features an interview with virologist-turned-astronaut Kate Rubins, who will be performing DNA sequencing in space for the first time.
With the launch of the MinION DNA sequencer scheduled for the summer, the advance part of the associated computing/software is already on the way. Watch the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft. It was carrying more than 3 1/2 tons of… Read More Computers with MinION software make their way to the ISS
This blog from Spaceref includes interviews with NASA team members Aaron Burton and Sarah Castro. “NASA is not often known for making the best use of existing COTS (commercial off the shelf technology) aboard the ISS. Then again, sometimes they are. This is an example of when the agency really grabs cutting edge biotech and… Read More Sequencing DNA in Space – SpaceRef
The 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference takes place in Texas, March 21-25. View this abstract from the NASA team, in which the authors describe the potential impact of sequencing…:“(1) mitigate microbial risks to crew by allowing identification of microbes in water, in air, and on surfaces; (2) identify optimal treatment strategies for infections that… Read More Biomolecule sequencer project at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
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… Read More The Biomolecule Sequencer project