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With the help of cyclodextrins NASA prepares for first-ever in-space DNA sequencing experiment
30 November, 2016
Minion developed by Oxford Nanopore arrived to the international orbiting lab to start with the first-ever in-space DNA sequencer experiment. The MinION is a handheld device that weighs 120 g.
Compared to the traditional sequencers, which are of microwave-sized, 50 kg and use fluorescence detection and laser, Minion fits in hand, is based on electrochemical detection and can be handled by anyone. It will be used to study DNA sequencing in the space.
MinION is expected to differentiate the Earth-derived life from that of other origin and to help better diagnose in-flight infections.
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