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Astronauts sequence DNA in space for the first time

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Microgravity does little to life's secret sauce, experiment confirms

Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams checking spacesuits.

DNA has been sequenced in space for the first time during a series of experiments performed last weekend by biologist-turned-NASA astronaut, Kate Rubins.

Rubins joined Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi and Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin on an adventure aboard the International Space Station in July.

The team are expected to carry out more than 250 experiments over four months.

Rubins, with her background in molecular biology, was responsible for sequencing DNA in space using MinION, a small handheld device the size of a chocolate bar.

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