This Year, We'll Sequence DNA In Space For The First Time

A new experiment launches to the ISS in June

The International Space StationNASA

The International Space Station will play host to the first-ever sequencing of DNA in space.

Astronaut Kate Rubins, a virologist who's heading up to the ISS this month, will conduct the sequencing, in addition to over 250 experiments.

DNA sequencing has been done in zero-G: NASA tried with success in a zero-G aircraft late last year.

Rubins told Scientific American that she's interested to see what happens during sequencing in microgravity, what happens to the extracted DNA, whether bubbles form, and a slew of other questions.