Using materials found in your kitchen, this simple procedure allows young scientists to extract DNA from a variety of fruits and vegetables. The accompanying video walks through the steps to extract DNA from a strawberry. Want to dig deeper? Exploring DNA Extraction expands on the basic extraction to test how other common household materials and the enzymes they contain may impact the DNA extraction process.
Supports AL Grade 7 Life Science COS 3. Construct an explanation of the function (e.g., mitochondria releasing energy during cellular respiration) of specific cell structures (i.e., nucleus, cell membrane, cell wall, ribosomes, mitochondria, chloroplasts, and vacuoles) for maintaining a stable environment. Supports AL Biology COS Standard 1. Use models to compare and contrast how the structural characteristics of carbohydrates, nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids define their function in organisms.