PCR in Space

How do cosmic rays affect DNA? Does DNA behave differently in microgravity? Can PCR be used to find new life forms?

These are examples of questions that the Genes in Space program from Boeing, Amplyus' miniPCR, and MfA may be tackling. The organization is holding a contest for students and educators to submit their ideas for PCR-based experiments to be tested on the International Space Station.

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