January 27th, 2021

Meet the Genes in Space Toolkit: BioBits® cell-free system

Genes in Space asks students to design original DNA experiments that address real-life challenges and opportunities in space exploration using the Genes in Space Toolkit, a suite of biotechnology tools available aboard the ISS. In previous years, all proposals had to make use of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). However, in 2021 two new tools, the BioBits® cell-free system and P51™ molecular fluorescence viewer, have been added to the toolkit.

To help applicants become more familiar with the Genes in Space Toolkit, we will be featuring each tool in an upcoming series of webinars and blog posts. Today's post focuses on the BioBits® cell-free system which can be used to make a variety of proteins without the need for live cells or costly and complex equipment. What's more, BioBits® are lyophilized (freeze-dried) making them easy to transport to the space station and beyond. To make a protein of interest, all you need to do is add water and the DNA instructions for making your protein to the BioBits® cell-free system.

Below we summarize some of the BioBits resources that can help you to learn more about this versatile technique. Be sure to check out our BioBits® webinar by miniPCR bio's Dr. Ally Huang below.

Webinar: Meet the Genes in Space Toolkit: BioBits® cell-free system