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DNA Analysis in Space Competition Open (Kids Only, Sadly)

The next Genes in Space competition is open from now until its April 20th deadline, the contest organizer has announced.

The competition, which is sponsored by miniPCR, Math for America, Boeing, The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and New England Biolabs, asks students to submit their ideas for a space-exploration problem that can be addressed using DNA analysis.

US students in grades seven through 12 can enter as individuals or as teams of up to four. Five finalists or teams of finalists will receive mentoring from researchers to shape their project ideas so they'd be practical for space.

Winners of the contest will have their experiment flown to the International Space Station.

The winner of the first Genes in Space competition, Anna-Sophia Boguraev, is to have her experiment testing the effects of microgravity and cosmic radiation on the immune system launched in March.

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