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Space Fact of the Week

Genes in Space Program

Credits: GENES IN SPACE

Students are now helping to protect future astronauts and space travelers from harmful cosmic radiation that could damage DNA. No longer protected from the Earth's atmosphere, DNA in space is at risk of mutations which may result in disease. So, how do we repair DNA in space and how does it differ on Earth?

The Genes in Space program allows students to conduct DNA repair research and submit their experiments online. A panel of judges will select one experiment to perform on the International Space Station. Last year, over 550 student teams submitted ideas! Click the link below to read more about these students' inspiring work.

NASA Article

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