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Several years ago, Dr. Chris Mason was a principal investigator for NASA’s landmark “Twins Study,” which revealed key genomic changes when humans are in space, including the lengthening of telomeres in flight. The study involved astronaut Scott Kelly on the International Space Station and his twin brother, Arizona Senator Mark Kelly, who stayed on Earth. With the rapidly increasing pace of space travel comes an increase in Mason’s work in omics and space.

In this GEN Keynote webinar, Dr. Mason, who recently authored the book The Next 500 Years: Engineering Life to Reach New Worlds, will describe how omics studies on earth are building the foundation needed to enable genomics on the Moon, Mars, and beyond. He’ll discuss recent advances, such as the ability to perform DNA sequencing in flight, enabling the development of SOMA (Space Omics and Medical Atlas) tools and the new Aerospace Medicine Biobank, akin to the UK Biobank for space. He’ll also discuss the application of multi-omics profiling, chromatin remodeling, gene editing, immune response, telomere stress and the epitranscriptome.

A live Q&A session followed the presentation, offering a chance to pose questions to Dr. Mason.

Chris Mason
Christopher Mason, PhD
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Weill Cornell Medical College