Nanopore sequencing in space: applications for crew health, research and astrobiology

Conversation Date: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM PT (4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET)
Title - Nanopore

Courtesy of the Solar System Ambassadors:

Aaron Burton is part of a team of researchers that flew a miniature DNA sequencer, Oxford Nanopore Technologie’s MinION, to the International Space Station. The device performed as well on the ISS as it did on the ground, sequencing more than 2 billion bases. Building on this success, the team flew reagents and equipment to enable crew members on the ISS to perform the entire sequencing process, from cell lysis to sequencing, entirely in flight, which will culminate in the first in-flight identification of bacteria performed on the ISS. Dr. Burton will discuss these experiments in more detail, and discuss other potential applications for nucleic acid sequencing in space.


Dr. Aaron Burton  Dr. Burton is an organic geochemist and astrobiologist at the NASA Johnson Space Center. His main area of research is focused on characterizing and understanding the origins of soluble organic matter in meteorites, and investigating the role these compounds might have played in the origins of life on Earth and elsewhere in the universe.

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