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Do-It-Yourself DNA

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by Teisha Rowland, PhD
Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
DNA, genome, genes, biochemistry, DNA extraction
DNA being extracted from a strawberry solution

Introduction

Have you ever wondered how scientists get a sample of DNA from a plant, animal, or other organism? All living organisms have DNA. DNA, which is short for deoxyribonucleic acid, is the blueprint for almost everything that happens inside the cells of an organism — overall, it tells the organism how to develop and function. DNA is so important that it can be found in nearly every cell of a living organism. In this activity, you will make your own DNA extraction kit from household chemicals and use it to extract DNA from strawberries.

Credits

Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Strawberries (3)
  • Dishwashing liquid for hand-washing dishes
  • Measuring cup for liquids
  • Measuring spoons
  • Glass or small bowl
  • Funnel
  • Tall drinking glass
  • Cheesecloth
  • Re-sealable plastic sandwich bag
  • Small glass jar, e.g., spice jar or baby food jar
  • Bamboo skewer, available at most grocery stores. If you are using a baby food jar or a short spice jar as your small glass jar, you could use a toothpick instead of a skewer.
    Photograph of the materials needed to extract DNA from strawberries at home.
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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
Key Concepts
DNA, genome, genes, biochemistry, DNA extraction