Biomolecule Sequencer MinION, developed by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Will Perform the First-Ever DNA Sequencing in Space

Team members from the Biomolecule Sequencer payload toured our Meteorite Lab last week. Biomolecule Sequencer is a payload on the International Space Station (ISS) that will perform the first-ever DNA sequencing in space. Sequencing on the ISS can inform real-time decisions for research, medical ops, and crew health. This can be used for functional testing for integration into robotics for Mars exploration missions, and eventually for astrobiology and search for life investigations. Interestingly enough, the sequencer being flown is called a MinION, developed by Oxford Nanopore Technologies. This is not to be confused with the movie Minions, which premiered in theaters this weekend!

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