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Two companies to look for Martian DNA.
Researcher J. Craig Venter has announced that his company will develop a machine capable of sequencing DNA on Mars, and beaming the data back to Earth.
“There will be DNA life forms there,” Venter predicted Tuesday in New York, where he was speaking at the Wired Health Conference.
Venter said researchers working with him have already begun tests at a Mars-like test site in the Mojave Desert. Their goal, he said, is to demonstrate a machine capable of autonomously isolating microbes from soil, sequencing their DNA, and then transmitting the information to a remote computer, as would be required on an unmanned Mars mission.
Another DNA sequencing company, Ion Torrent, have also announced they are working with NASA and MIT to adapt their “Personal Genome Machine” for Martian conditions. That work is part of the SET-G program - “the search for extra-terrestrial genomes”.
(Source: kurzweilai.net, via 8bitfuture)