BEST Station experiment aims for in-situ bacterial identification, sequence RNA for first time in space

When the S.S. J.R. Thompson (OA-9E) Cygnus arrived at the International Space Station last month, it brought with it the Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology, or BEST, experiment that will aim to demonstrate the ability to perform in-situ identification of microbes onboard the International Space Station, study mutation rates over time in bacterial genomes, and perform the first-ever sequencing of RNA, ribonucleic acid, in space.… Read More