Nucleic Acid Extraction from Synthetic Mars Analog Soils for in situ Life Detection

@inproceedings{Mojarro2017NucleicAE,
  title={Nucleic Acid Extraction from Synthetic Mars Analog Soils for in situ Life Detection},
  author={Angel Mojarro and Gary Ruvkun and Maria T. Zuber and Christopher E. Carr},
  booktitle={Astrobiology},
  year={2017}
}
Biological informational polymers such as nucleic acids have the potential to provide unambiguous evidence of life beyond Earth. To this end, we are developing an automated in situ life-detection instrument that integrates nucleic acid extraction and nanopore sequencing: the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Genomes (SETG) instrument. Our goal is to isolate and determine the sequence of nucleic acids from extant or preserved life on Mars, if, for example, there is common ancestry to life on Mars and… CONTINUE READING
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