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Macromolecular Crystallization in Microfluidics for the International Space StationAt NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the Iterative Biological Crystallization (IBC) project has begun development on scientific hardware for macromolecular crystallization on the International Space Station (ISS). Currently ISS crystallization research is limited to solution recipes that were prepared on the ground prior to launch. The proposed hardware will conduct solution mixing and dispensing on board the ISS, be fully automated, and have imaging functions via remote commanding from the ground. Utilizing microfluidic technology, IBC will allow for on orbit iterations. The microfluidics LabChip(R) devices that have been developed, along with Caliper Technologies, will greatly benefit researchers by allowing for precise fluid handling of nano/pico liter sized volumes. IBC will maximize the amount of science return by utilizing the microfluidic approach and be a valuable tool to structural biologists investigating medically relevant projects.
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Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Monaco, Lisa A.
(Morgan Research Corp. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Spearing, Scott
(Morgan Research Corp. Huntsville, AL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
Meeting Information
NanoTech 2003 Conference and Trade Show(San Francisco, CA)
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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