DNA

Even Tiny Amounts of DNA on Mars Will Be Detectable

The Search for Life is focused on the search for biosignatures. Planetary life leaves a chemical fingerprint on a planet's…

10 months ago

Life Could be Common Across the Universe, Just Not in Our Region

The building blocks of life can, and did, spontaneously assemble under the right conditions. That's called spontaneous generation, or abiogenesis.…

4 years ago

Nutrient-Poor and Energy-Starved. How Life Might Survive at the Extremes in the Solar System

Our growing understanding of extremophiles here on Earth has opened up new possibilities in astrobiology. Scientists are taking another look…

4 years ago

Microsoft and Partners Hope to Create a Time Capsule… On the Moon!

Microsoft has teamed up with researchers to create a time capsule using synthetic DNA, which will be sent to the…

6 years ago

What’s that Strange Glowing Mold? Astronauts will Soon be Able to Sequence Unknown Space Organisms

Building on the success of their Biomolecule Sequencer, NASA is launching the Genes in Space-3 project to give astronauts the…

7 years ago

DNA Won’t Be Killed Dead By A Rocket Ride To Space, Study Suggests

So how 'bout those planetary protection agreements? Turns out that plasmid DNA -- the kind that exists in bacterial cellsĀ …

10 years ago

Catastrophic Impacts Made Life on Earth Possible

How did life on Earth originally develop from random organic compounds into living, evolving cells? It may have relied on…

11 years ago

Mars Sample Return Mission? Naaah… Just Beam Back Martian DNA

Artist concept of a Mars Sample Return mission. Credit: Wickman Spacecraft & Propulsion. A Mars sample return mission has long…

12 years ago

Kickstart Your DNA (And a Rover) To The Moon!

Omega Envoy, the non-profit research lab Earthrise Space, Inc.'s team competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE, has launched a…

12 years ago