EBPI on the International Space Station


In 2017 EBPI will represent the first mutation assay… Well, that’s out of this world.  


In 2015, Jeff Short contacted EBPI in hopes of placing the first mutation assay into outer space to understand how rates of mutation differ on earth than outer space.   Through the 2015 Pathway to Adventure Council and Boy Scouts of America, and sponsored by the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) work began.ames 384 ISO Well Format logo  

EBPI’s Ames 384-ISO was chosen based on it reliability, ease of use and compact form.

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Project lead Jeff Short working with in cooperation with Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), NANORACKS, EBPI and the Engineering department at Texas A&M University constructed a platform to hold EBPI’s 384-well microplate (Ames 384 ISO) machined to 5 X 12 well modules (n=8) arranged in an octagon pattern.  The frame includes a servo motor to spin the frame so that photos of the experiment can be captured for data analysis.

The unit holds EBPI’s Ames 384-ISO plate while a camera will send images to a computer during the experiment. The NESI board communication with the components of the experiment also include and LED light source, CO2 Gas detector, radiometer, among other sensors. 

Please feel free to check back shortly to find out how rates of mutation differ in outer space than they do here on earth… 

For now, we can say what we knew all along, that EBPI’s Products are Out of this World!

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