Could anything be more exciting than sequencing DNA in space?

Probably not. 

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.”

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