DIY Strawberry DNA Extraction
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Recommended Grades: K, 1st, 2nd (up to 8th)
Check out the materials needed below with a couple of substitution options. Our “Instructions” tab takes you step by step through this fun activity!
All living things have DNA inside their cells. How do scientists extract the DNA from cells in order to study it? In this science experiment, you can make your own DNA extraction kit from household chemicals and use it to extract DNA from strawberries.
- Measuring Cup, Measuring Spoons
- Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (70%, ½ Cup)
- Salt (½ tsp)
- Dishwashing liquid (1 tbsp) or Liquid Detergent (Dawn ®)
- Glass or a small bowl
- Cheesecloth (Alternatives: coffee filters, paper towels, fabric scraps, t-shirts, or linen dishcloths)
- Funnel (Alternatives: plastic bottle cut in half, milk carton or even foil)
- Tall Drinking Glass
- 3 Strawberries
- Re-sealable plastic sandwich bag
- Test Tube, Small Glass Jar, Spice Jar, or Baby Food Jar
- Bamboo Skewer or Thin Rod (Alternatives: pencil or a spread out a paper clip)
- Lab Notebook
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