Sequencing under Mars Gravity with the Media Lab & ZeroG

We recently put together a payload for a ZeroG Corporation research flight as part of a Media Lab Space Initiative effort. Our Search for Extra-Terrestrial Genomes (SETG) team performed nanopore sequencing under all phases of flight including obtaining what we believe are the first sequencing reads under Mars Gravity conditions! Maria Zuber (@maria_zuber) and Noelle Bryan…

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The Search for Life Beyond Earth: Short Film & Panel

Thank you to my fellow panelists, the moderator, and organizers for a fantastic evening event on the Search for Life Beyond Earth! Here are event details and archival links for anyone interested. When: November 7, 2017, 7-9 pm Details/Registration Where: Nonprofit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111 Video:Trailer, Short Film (9 minutes), Full Event…

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Detection of Inosine via Strand Sequencing

Life beyond Earth could utilize similar informational polymers such as nucleic acids (DNA, RNA). However, the ability to detect non-standard bases or polymers would reduce the risk of false positives during life detection missions. To demonstrate the potential for detection of non-standard bases using nanopore single molecule sequencing, we used…

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