Biotechnology for solar system exploration : Applications of life detection technology on Earth and in space. / Steele, Andrew; Maule, Jake; Toporski, Jan; Parro Garcia, Victor; Briones, Carlos; Schweitzer, Mary; Mckay, David; McLandress, Lindy; Pierson, Duane; Ott, Mark; Pincus, Seth; Perez Mercader, Juan; Allen, Carl; Avci, Recep; Hedgecock, Judd; Roberston, Rachel; Gibson, Everett; Lyndsay, John; Rowlands, Huw; Westall, Frances; Wynn-Williams, David; Beech, Iwona.

2002. 109-110.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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  • Andrew Steele
  • Jake Maule
  • Jan Toporski
  • Victor Parro Garcia
  • Carlos Briones
  • Mary Schweitzer
  • David Mckay
  • Lindy McLandress
  • Duane Pierson
  • Mark Ott
  • Seth Pincus
  • Juan Perez Mercader
  • Carl Allen
  • Recep Avci
  • Judd Hedgecock
  • Rachel Roberston
  • Everett Gibson
  • John Lyndsay
  • Frances Westall
  • David Wynn-Williams
  • Iwona Beech

Abstract

With the advent of a new era of astrobiology missions to search our
solar system for evidence of life we would like to again present a new
approach to this goal. We have reviewed the current list of Biotechnology
techniques, which are applicable to miniaturization and integration into
a combined flight platform. Among the techniques reviewed are:
The uses of antibodies
Fluorescent detection strategies
Protein and DNA chip technology
Surface plasmon resonance and its relation to other techniques
Microelectronic machining (where applicable)
Nanotechnology (where applicable)
Laboratory on a chip technology (including PCR)
Mass spectrometry
Fluid handling and extraction technologies
Chemical force microscopy (CFM)
Raman spectroscopy
Nanotechnology (i.e. molecular motors).

We have begun to integrate this knowledge into a single flight instrument
approach for the sole purpose of combining several mutually confirming
tests for life, organic}microbial contamination, prebiotic and abiotic
organic chemicals.

We will present several innovative designs for new instrumentation
including pro-engineering design drawings of a protein chip reader for
space flight and fluid handling strategies. We will also review the use of
suitable extraction methodologies for use on different solar system
bodies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages109-110
Number of pages2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2002
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