A new research article published in the ASM mSphere Journal by University of Wisconsin—Madison and the Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group, at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes Microbial Observatory Experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) using a method of recovering surface samples that included the InnovaPrep Concentrating Pipette. The aim was to gain a better understanding of how fungi may adapt to microgravity and how this may affect interactions with humans in a closed habitat.
The study outlines an efficient method for collecting samples from large area surfaces. In summary, a pre-wetted 9”x9” polyester wipe using sterile water was used to sample a 1 meter squared area. The wipe was then transferred to a to a 500-ml sterile bottle containing 200 ml of sterile PBS. The bottle with the wipe was shaken for 2 min followed by concentration with the InnovaPrep Concentrating Pipette. To view the publication, please follow this link: http://msphere.asm.org/content/msph/1/5/e00227-16.full.pdf
In a separate project, InnovaPrep is developing new Devices and Methods for Collection and Concentration of Air and Surface Samples for Improved Detection funded by a NASA SBIR.