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Detection of biomarkers of viable life in using immunoassay
Author(s): David M. Warmflash; David S. McKay; George E. Fox; Andrew Steele; Jake Maule; Kennda Lynch; Carl C. Allen
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Paper Abstract

The Microarray Assay for Solar System Exploration (MASSE) will use a microarray of antibody tests to search for biomarkers in extraterrestrial environments. In order for this technology to be useful for in situ studies on any given planet, molecules present within the material examined must be extracted and recognizable to the antibodies used in the assays. Experiments are currently being conducted on the immunological detection of agents in environmental samples, including soils and JSC Mars - 1 Martian regolith simulant and progress and results of immunological testing of material containing biomarkers for viable life will be presented and discussed in the context of the development of the MASSE instrument.

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Date Published: 26 February 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4859, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology V, (26 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.457320
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David M. Warmflash, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
David S. McKay, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
George E. Fox, Univ. of Houston (United States)
Andrew Steele, Carnegie Institution of Washington (United States)
Jake Maule, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)
Carnegie Institution of Washington (United States)
Kennda Lynch, Lockheed Martin (United States)
Carl C. Allen, NASA Johnson Space Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4859:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology V
Richard B. Hoover; Alexei Yu. Rozanov; Roland R. Paepe, Editor(s)

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