Ohio Wesleyan University

Streamlining Space And Botany Studies

16 May , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

By Cole Hatcher

Work by NASA-funded researchers, including Ohio Wesleyan University professor Chris Wolverton, to standardize protocols for genetic studies conducted in outer space will help to ensure that none of their important scientific data falls into academic black holes.

The researchers, with Wolverton as a co-author, have published information about their efforts to create more meaningful and sharable data in the April 23 edition of iScience, an open-access journal published by Cell Press. The article, outlining work that began in 2018, is titled “NASA GeneLab RNA-seq consensus pipeline: Standardized processing of short-read RNA-seq data.”

“It’s focused on how to extract the most information content as possible from the numerous plant space biology experiments that have flown,” said Wolverton, Ph.D., an OWU professor of Botany and Microbiology who, to date, has earned two NASA grants to support his research into how plants respond to gravity. More…

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