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10/18/2012 by Carina Helle Berg
​The scientific objective of the Genara A experiment was to identify gravity regulated genes in Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings (wild type). The experiment was launched on STS-132 and operated in the EMCS in July 1020.
The specific goals of the experiment included the following; Genara.png
* Access protein synthesis expression of seedlings grown under microgravity conditions compared to 1g conditions 

Genara A cultivation chambers
The Genara A experiment unique equipment is developed by EADS Astrium, Germany. The hardware is designed to accommodate four Genara A specific cultivation chambers into each EMCS experiment container. Each cultivation chamber is equipped with Whatman filter paper and is designed to hold two rows of seeds of Arabidopsis thaliana. During the Genara A experiment the scientists received the seedlings frozen after the end of the experiment and performed molecular analyses on them to learn more about the distribution of hormones in plant roots grown under microgravity versus gravity.
Experiment name: Genara A
Facility: EMCS
Test subject: Arabidopsis thaliana
Experiment duration: 2 runs x 12 days
Growth substrate: Filter paper
Water source: EMCS water
Principle Investigator: F. Javier Medina
Payload Developer: EADS Astrium
Launch vehicle: Shuttle mission STS-132
Performance: 2010
Point of contact:
Principle Investigator: Dr F. Javier Medina, and Eugenie Carnero-Diaz,