Astronauts Use CRISPR Gene Editing in Space for First Time Ever

This could allow humans to travel further into space. CRISPR for the ISS CRISPR gene editing has been successfully used in space by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). According to Engadget, the researchers were able leverage CRISPR–Cas9 aboard ISS and showed how they could study the effects of microgravity damage on DNA repair. This experiment actually took place in 2019. The results were published in the journal PLoS ONE on Wednesday. DNA Repair in Space Researchers were also able develop a new method to study DNA repair in space with yeast cells. CRISPR technology would be used to cause extremely precise damage to yeast DNA strands, and then watch how it recovers. These findings will allow researchers to better understand how DNA can and cannot be repaired during space travel. Advertisement Advertisement According to a press release by PLoS, astronauts who travel outside Earth's protective atmosphere are at greater risk of DNA damage from the ionizing radiation in space. It may therefore be important to know which DNA-repair strategies the body uses in space. Space Travel: A Future Reality This news has important implications for long-term space travel. Researchers might be able, for example, to understand how ionized radiation affects astronauts DNA and develop ways to protect them. When astronauts are better prepared and more protected for space travel, we will be able to travel farther than ever before. READ MORE: CRISPR gene editing in space shows how astronauts [Engadget] Advertisement Advertisement More CRISPR: The CRISPR Problem: CRISPR Manges DNA It Wasn't Supposed To Touch Futurism readers are invited to join the Singularity Global Community. This is our parent company's forum for futuristic science and technology discussions with other like-minded people around the globe. Sign up today to get started!