September 1, 2016 | Lisa, Exhibitions Developer, Science Museum

I can't imagine what it's like to try and do science experiments in space without Earth's gravity.

Astronaut Kate Rubins has become the first person to sequence DNA in space using a compact device called the MinION. It allows astronauts to identify disease-causing microbes and diagnose certain illnesses in space instead of sending samples back to Earth. This could save time and resources when drugs and supplies are limited.

I think this is just one of the many exciting steps that could lead us to travel further into space and for longer.

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Identical samples were sequenced on Earth to confirm the space results were correct.

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