December 29th, 2020

Meet the Genes in Space Toolkit: PCR

Genes in Space asks students to design original DNA experiments that address real-life challenges and opportunities in space exploration using of 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 PCR, a technique that is used to make many copies of a genetic sequence of interest sort of like a genetic photocopier. PCR is widely used in biological research and medicine and has been used aboard the ISS by all Genes in Space contestants to date. Here we summarize the large library of PCR resources that can help you to learn more about this versatile technique. Be sure to check out our PCR webinar by miniPCR bio's Dr. Allison Nishitani below

Webinar: Meet the Genes in Space Toolkit - PCR

Helpful PCR Resources:

PCR is only the beginning of your experiment. Learn about techniques to analyze your PCR product: