March 6, 2020
In a recent press release, Front Range Biosciences announced its mission, in partnership with SpaceCells USA Inc. and BioServe Space Technologies at the University of Colorado Boulder, to transport plant cultures to space to examine the effects of zero gravity on plant gene expression. The Kennedy Space Center hosted the launch to deliver FRB's hemp and coffee cell cultures to the International Space Station (ISS) on the SpaceX CRS-20 cargo flight. Read an excerpt regarding the mission below:
"This study aboard the ISS is an exciting area of genomics research for both the coffee and hemp industries," said Dr. Jonathan Vaught, Co-founder and CEO of Front Range Biosciences. "We are excited to discover whether any potential changes in the underlying biology of hemp and coffee plants in microgravity will enable us to unlock new traits with commercial applications in our breeding program. We are proud to be a part of this groundbreaking collaborative effort and look forward to the plants coming back to Earth where we can use the data to make some exciting discoveries."
View the full press release and coverage by Green Entrepreneur, BizWest, and Benzinga.
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