Living on Mars: New, miniature device is able to detect life and sequence DNA

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NEWSWEEK | Researchers from McGill University in Canada used three different devices to detect life in the Canadian High Arctic. One of the devices detects changes in color when nutrient sources were altered by microbes and another gadget assessed microbial colonization, according to Air & Space Magazine. The final instrument, called MinION, was perhaps the most exciting because it was able to detect microbes and sequence their DNA too, according to the research published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.

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