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Thanks For The Free Launch, NASA

By Keith Cowing
April 10, 2016
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Thanks For The Free Launch, NASA

Groundbreaking Epigenetics Research to be Conducted on International Space Station, Zymo Research Corporation
“Zymo Research Corporation is taking epigenetics research to the next level outer space. DNA, that was bisulfite converted using the EZ DNA Methylation-Lightning Kit manufactured by Zymo Research Corporation, will be sent to the International Space Station (ISS), as part of the inaugural “Genes in Space” challenge. The contest invites young scientists to design a DNA experiment that uses PCR to test their scientific hypothesis.”
Keith’s update: This is a really cool project that taps the unique research capabilities of the ISS as well as stimulates students to pursue a career in science. I hope this is just the beginning and that there will be more payloads like this. But there is no mention in this press release of CASIS who underwrites experiments like these to the tune of $7.5 million – or of NASA who pays all of CASIS’ bills. It is somewhat odd that CASIS has not made certain that they – and NASA – get some credit for underwriting things like this.

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