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Monitoring Radiation-Induced DNA Degradation

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Monitoring Radiation-Induced DNA Degradation

The MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) Radiation project is developing a miniaturized microfluidic (lab-on-a-chip) device that is designed to monitor DNA damage, in real-time, resulting from radiation exposure in space. The instrument under development will (a) use the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify DNA, (b) thermally image the micro?device to monitor thermal gradients for proper thermal exposure, and (c) use fluorescent imaging to monitor radiation?induced changes in DNA composition. The ultimate goal is to help understand the details of radiation exposure in space and potentially serve as a radiation rapid warning device for astronauts.

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