miniPCR bio™ is a founding partner
of Genes in Space
miniPCR bio™ created Genes in Space™ in 2015 in partnership with Boeing, with the goal of inspiring young minds to solve real-world problems in space biology. It has since been joined by sponsors ISS National Lab and New England Biolabs® in support of this unique STEM program.
miniPCR® enables pioneering science
We are proud of our more than 6,400 student contestants and their accomplishments.
Thousands of inspiring student-led proposals.
First PCR in space, designed by high school student Anna-Sophia Boguraev.
Amplification of telomeric DNA in space, by high school student Julian Rubinfien.
Rapid molecular diagnostics in space via loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP).
DNA sequencing from space samples (in collaboration with NASA Johnson’s Space Center).
First CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing in space designed by high school students David Li, Rebecca Li, Michelle Sung, and Aarthi Vijayakumar.
FROM THE PAST
Meet our winners
To test the effect of cosmic radiation
and microgravity on the immune system.
To study gene expression changes in space that might help protect astronauts from unwanted cell death
To measure the length of telomeres in
To measure cancer-inducing genomic instability in astronauts
Project: To assess the effects of microgravity on the differentiation of immune system cells
To use CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing as a tool to investigate double-strand break repair in microgravity
To study how spaceflight affects the expression of genes involved in neural function
Project: To probe the basis of spaceflight-induced changes in drug metabolism
''We celebrate the creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking
that this community of young innovators displays every year.''
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”Winning an award isn’t everything, there is so much to learn from it even if you don’t win. […] We learned new things, and that is what mostly mattered to us.”
KAYA SLAWECKA, MAVERIC MUCHOWSKI, AND JORDAN
GRAY, 2017 JUNIOR SCIENTIST AWARD
”Genes in Space allowed me to make the jump
from my personal science education to the real progression of human knowledge and capability.”
JULIAN RUBINFIEN, 2016 WINNER
- Anna-Sophia discusses 2015 winning experiment
- Julian Rubinfien discusses 2016 winning experiment
- First PCR in Space using miniPCR Technology
- miniPCR and partners launch STEM dreams to space
- miniPCR reaches the International Space Station
- Genes in Space announces two winners in 2017
- First CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing on ISS