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December 6, 2018

Precision BioSciences and Durham STEM Students Lead Launch of First Genome Editing Experiment Into Space

SpaceX Falcon 9 Delivering ARCUS Gene Editing to the International Space Station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Precision BioSciences today announced that the world’s first genome editing experiment in space has been launched aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket. The mission was launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and is anticipated to deliver its cargo to the International Space Station (ISS). Astronauts aboard the ISS are expected to perform the first genome editing experiment in space using Precision’s proprietary, next-generation genome editing technology, ARCUS.

Precisioneers JoAnn Hux and Ginger Tomberlin have been working with Karen Kingera, STEM Director of Immaculata Middle School in Durham, North Carolina, and her dedicated group of 15 students for over a year on this project. The program was made possible by Space Center University at Space Center Houston and the DreamUp program. DreamUp places select student projects on SpaceX ISS payloads, and students whose projects are chosen are also invited to attend the launch and participate in presentations and poster sessions at Cape Canaveral.

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