January 17, 2019

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Science project travels to space with help from Precision BioSciences


What did you do for your middle school science project?

Fifteen Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) students at Immaculata Catholic Middle School in Durham recently launched theirs into space. They partnered with researchers at Precision BioSciences to develop a genome editing experiment for the U.S. Naval Laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS). The idea is to explore whether the technology can help humans, plants and animals adapt to life outside Earth’s atmosphere.

According to Precision —a Durham-based genome-editing company spun out of Duke University in 2006—it is the first experiment of its type conducted in space. The project was launched from Cape Canaveral in early December aboard a SpaceXDragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket. It was heady stuff for the group of students who attended the launch and participated in on-site presentations and poster sessions.

 

According to Precision—a Durham-based genome-editing company that spun out of Duke University in 2006—it is the first experiment of its type conducted in space. The project was launched from Cape Canaveral in early December aboard a SpaceXDragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket. It was heady stuff for the group of students who attended the launch and participated in on-site presentations and poster sessions.

 

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[Originally posted by WRALTechWire — January 16, 2019]