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NASA Seeks Compact Device for Detecting Biomarkers in Space

The National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center is exploring state-of-the-art technologies to detect health-related biomarkers and analytes in space.

The organization has issued an official Request for Information (RFI) seeking detailed information regarding technologies currently available that can analyze such biomarkers in breath, saliva, dermal emanations, blood, and urine using a single compact device.

The specific biomarkers and analytes to be detected are currently under evaluation by NASA, but include abroad range of molecules and cells associated with health status, impact of the space environment on individual astronauts, and prediction of future health events. Analyses and analytes of interest include cell profiles, proteins and peptides, and small organic molecules.

Details are available under solicitation number NNA12030612L. The RFI response deadline is March 21, 2012. NASA will also be using information obtained through this RFI to help guide future technology development needs and investments.

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