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Mars rover Perseverance USC research
Mars rover Perseverance, shown probing the surface of Mars in this illustration, carries instrumentation designed in large part at USC Dornsife to find signs of life on the red planet. (Image/Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Mars rover Perseverance will look for signs of life backed by USC research

USC Dornsife’s Ken Nealson and a team of researchers helped develop SHERLOC, the ultraviolet laser technology that will probe the red planet for chemicals produced by living organisms.