Automated Plant DNA Extraction for Portable Genomic Sequencing
In the dynamic realm of space exploration, the imperative to sustain life during extended missions places a critical demand on understanding the impact of spaceflight on plant growth. Traditional DNA sequencing methods employed by NASA fall short when dealing with plant material, necessitating an innovative solution for extracting crucial genomic insights. Recognizing this commercial need, The Ohio State University team embarked on a mission to automate plant sampling for the International Space Station (ISS), addressing the constraints of space-bound resources and the unique properties of plant tissues.
This system acts as a vital intermediary that purifies DNA solutions before feeding them into the SAMMS MiniION Sequencer. The automated procedure developed by The Ohio State University team employs a novel DNA extraction approach, minimizing steps and materials to accommodate the limitations of space. It is a pivotal advancement that resolves the inefficiencies of current NASA sequencing systems, specifically tailored to handle plant material with unparalleled efficiency. System can optimize efficiency in both space and terrestrial applications.