FedEx Helps Teen Launch Experiment into Space
Anna-Sophia Boguraev has been fascinated with space since she was four years old. Thirteen years later she watched as her very own lab experiment was launched into space on SpaceX 8 to the International Space Station (ISS).
Anna-Sophia’s experiment was chosen out of 700 entries in the inaugural Genes in Space competition, which challenges high-school students to design DNA experiments. The experiment will test the effects of space environment and microgravity on astronauts’ immune systems.
The FedEx Space Solutions and the FedEx HealthCare Solutions teams provided the terrestrial shipment from Yale Medical School to Kennedy Space Center. Upon return from ISS, scientists hope to use the findings as part of a greater effort to engineer the immune system to attack and kill cancer and other auto-immune diseases.