Extracting DNA from a Banana

DNA is not just in humans — it is present in all living cells, even those we consume every day. Assist your class as they extract DNA from a banana through using chemicals and filtration. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use this experimental procedure to extract DNA from other fruits, such as a strawberry or kiwi
  • Have the class research DNA extraction to discuss the importance it has on our livelihood
Classroom Considerations
  • Make sure no individual eats the materials or ingests the chemicals as this may cause injury
  • DNA extraction provides the class with visual evidence and an exciting conclusion to the experiment
  • Includes a worksheet and answers to ensure all pupils understand the objectives
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