Genes in Space is a contest which invites creative minds to develop experiments that address real-life space exploration challenges. This year is its first year of operation in the UAE and it called for students to: ‘Become part of the first generation of space DNA scientists and compete for a chance to send your experiment to space.’

Undaunted by this lofty goal, a trio of ambitious Cranleigh Abu Dhabi scientists in the form of Matteo Sottocornola (Year 11), Wilson Huijsmans (Year 10) and Akio Shirali (Year 8) entered the competition with a new and highly innovative proposal of how to produce medicines in space. In November, they learned that, out of 110 teams, they had reached the final five. By becoming finalists, the team have already won a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) machine for the school which will transform the way in which we learn about DNA and genes. The team will present their experiment at the Global Space Conference in Abu Dhabi in January next year and, should they win, their experiment will be launched into space and carried out on the International Space Station in 2017. Full Story was published in The National: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/science/genes-in-space-the-five-finalists-matteo-wilson-and-akio