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By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.
Updated July 19, 2015.

DNA or deoxyribonucleic acid is the
molecule that codes genetic information in
most living organisms. Some bacteria use
RNA for their genetic code, but any other
living organism will work as a DNA source
for this project.

DNA Extraction Materials
While you can use any DNA source, some
work especially well. Peas, such as dried
split green peas, are an excellent choice.
Spinach leaves, strawberries, chicken liver,
and bananas are other options. Don't use
DNA from living people or pets, as a simple
matter of ethics.
When you extract DNA, it doesn't look like this!
DNA is visible to the naked eye as a gelatinous
blob. High magnification is required to see the
molecular structure. Richard New stead, Getty Images










100 ml (1/2 cup) of a DNA source

1 ml (⅛ teaspoon) table salt, NaCl
200 ml (1 cup) cold water

enzymes to denature protein (e.g., meat
tenderizer, fresh pineapple juice, or contact lens cleaning solution)
30 ml (2 tablespoons) liquid dishwashing detergent

70-90% rubbing alcohol or other isopropyl or ethyl alcohol
blender
strainer

cup or bowl
test tubes

straws or wooden skewers

Perform the DNA Extraction
1. Blend together 100 ml of DNA source, 1 ml of salt, and 200 ml of cold water.
This takes about 15 seconds on high setting. You are aiming for a
homogeneous soupy mixture. The blender breaks apart the cells, releasing the

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so it will float on the liquid. Add a small pinch of meat tenderizer or a squirt of pineapple juice or contact lens cleaner solution to each vial or tube. Add 30 ml liquid detergent to the liquid. so it needs to be freed before it can be isolated. CONTINUE READING BELOW OUR VIDEO Test Your General Science Knowledge 0:00 / 3:21 1. but you don't want to pour it into the tubes because then it will mix. Your goal is to remove the large solid particles. you should see a white stringy mass. Alcohol is less dense than water. 2.DNA that is stored inside. but you still need to get it out of solution. The detergent also separates the lipids (fats) from the sample. discard the solids. Many plants contain multiple copies of their genetic material. When you pour alcohol (the colder the better) onto the solution.Photos an… ' ] _a^kkgÛ " __kqj p4ecj 6 l . Careers and Education Chemistry Facts and Pictures . strawberries are octoploid and contain 8 copies of each chromosome. The other molecules in the sample will dissolve in alcohol. Pour the liquid through a strainer into another container. meaning it contains two copies of each DNA molecule. Stir or swirl the liquid to mix it. Tilt each tube and pour alcohol down the side of each glass or plastic to form a floating layer on top of the liquid. Salt and detergent act to strip away proteins normally bound to DNA. Why would you want to cut it? The DNA is folded and wrapped around proteins. the DNA is separated from other cell constituents. Although you can use DNA from anywhere. If you examine the interface between the alcohol and each sample. Keep the liquid. but DNA does not. 4. sources high in DNA will yield more product at the end. Swirl the contents gently to incorporate the enzyme. Harsh stirring will break the DNA and make it harder to see in the container. This is the DNA! 5. You can examine the DNA using a microscope or magnifying glass or place it in a small container of alcohol to save it. How It Works The first step is to choose a source that contains a lot of DNA. After you have completed these steps. The enzymes are used to cut the DNA. Use a wooden skewer or a straw to capture and collect the DNA from each tube. The human genome is diploid. 3. Allow this solution to react for 5-10 minutes before proceeding to the next step. Blending the specimen breaks apart the cells so you can separate the DNA from other molecules. This is where the alcohol comes into play. For example.

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