Why Nothing is as Cool as Sequencing DNA in Space
Could anything be more exciting than sequencing DNA in space?
Earlier this summer we at FLG got ourselves enormously excited about a certain mission to sequence DNA on board the International Space Station. Armed with a tiny MinION sequencer, virologist Kate Rubins became the first person to sequence DNA in zero gravity, kicking off a new era of “systems biology in space.”
“Kate Rubins is a biologist-turned-astronaut,” explained WIRED, who have made a new short video about the life and work of Kate Rubins. “She’s studied infectious disease in a biosafety level 4 facility and on the ground in Congo. That wasn’t enough for her, so she went to space to sequence some DNA.”