Genes In Space

Biology is important in everyday life because it provides the basis of understanding our bodies, our resources and potential environmental threats and supports with which we regularly engage. Biology is simply the study of living things. Biological studies are micro and macro: tinier than our eyes can perceive and larger than our own universe.

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a common laboratory technique used to make many copies (millions or billions!) of a particular region of DNA. This DNA region can be anything the experimenter is interested in. This supports the hands-on application of DNA studies by bringing cutting-edge biotechnology to our students and scenario-based inquiry in forensics, genetics, physiology, agricultural biology, and environmental science.

Genes in Space™ is a global science competition inviting students in middle school and high school to propose pioneering DNA experiments that address a space exploration challenge.

To support the implementation of Genes in Space and MiniPCR, iLEAD trains our staff to prepare our learners for the journey.