December 6, 2018

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Precision & STEM Students Launch 1st Gene Editing Experiment Into Space


Precision BioSciences today announced that the world’s first genome editing experiment in space has been launched aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket.

The mission was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and is anticipated to deliver its cargo to dedicated the International Space Station (ISS). Astronauts aboard the ISS are expected to perform the first genome editing experiment in space using Precision’s proprietary, next-generation genome editing technology, ARCUS.

Precisioneers JoAnn Hux and Ginger Tomberlin have been working with Karen Kingera, STEM Director of Immaculata Middle School in Durham, North Carolina, and her group of 15 dedicated students for well over a year on this particular project. The program, made possible by Space Center University at Space Center Houston and the DreamUp program places select student projects on SpaceX ISS payloads, and students whose projects are chosen are also invited to attend the launch and participate in presentations and poster sessions at Cape Canaveral.

Hux, a molecular biologist, said “I have always enjoyed teaching local students about my work at Precision and was honored when they invited me to mentor this Space Center University project. These young scientists have designed a fantastic gene editing experiment for the Space Station, and I could not be prouder of them.”

 

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[Originally posted by Precision Biosciences — December 6, 2018]