Genes in Space: diagnostic DNA detection without PCR – first successful LAMP in Space
After mankind’s first successful PCR in space last year another “Genes in Space” mission flew to the international space station ISS in May.
Included in the payload were two sets of reactions designed toward a better understanding of how space affects the aging process. The experiments – created by a 16 year old student – tested whether a key chromosomal DNA region, the telomere, can be amplified for evaluation directly in space. The length of telomeric DNA is affected by stress and aging, so the ability to monitor telomere length could be a key contributor to a complete study of astronaut health on long-term missions.
The successful experiments have been evaluated through the color change during the reaction.
Further experiments of this “Genes in Space” mission will be sent back to Earth this summer with the SpaceX-11 and then analyzed. We will keep you informed.
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Hear the 2016 Genes In Space winner describe his project and how Colorimetric LAMP will be used in space to examine accelerated aging.