Portola High School
is in the early stages of formation, but has ambitious plans to use NASA Ames experts in Biology-based space missions to study microscopy and genetics. This team will be responsible for the life-support system for sustaining bacteria and other micro-organism experiments in orbit, slated for a future flight concept payload. The team received a sample of sulfur bacteria from Cal State Long Beach, and is planning on sequencing its DNA at Zymo Research in Irvine. They are currently working on early study and prep work for culturing/sterilizing bacteria, and are exploring a fall project to have Irvine High create 3D print structures for cell growth at the high school.