(cross-posted from our static page on the project which will be updated as we move forward)
1) Collecting microbial swab samples from the International Space Station (ISS) and examining the microbial communities therein (via 16S sequencing)
2) Collecting swab samples around the country at sporting and other public events from cell phones, shoes, and various surfaces (e.g. keyboards, screens, railings etc.) These will be used for comparison to the ISS samples and for a look a microbial biogeography across a national scale. In collaboration with Jack Gilbert at the Earth Microbiome Project.
3) A microbial growth competition on the ISS. A subset of samples collected at public events will be cultured at UC Davis and the “best” microbe from each environment will be sent to the ISS for a “microbial playoffs” competition. A duplicate of this experiment will be conducted on earth and the results compared.
Project website here
Some blog/news coverage
- Space Florida Announces ISS Research Competition Winners at (11-29-13)
- Citizen science in space! | SciStarter Blog (11-29-13)
- Winning teams for the Space Florida ISS Research Competition
- Cheering microbes into space | UC Davis News & Information (12-5-12)
- Cheering microbes into space (12-7-12)
- Project MERCCURI | Scientific American (3-19-13)