Formerly known as European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences
Our inspiring educational experiences share the scientific discoveries of EMBL with young learners aged 10-19 years and teachers in Europe and beyond. We belong to EMBL’s Science Education and Public Engagement office.
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is the carrier of heritable information in all living organisms. In humans, DNA can be found inside almost every cell of the body. As in bananas, DNA is located within the cell in an even smaller compartment, the cell nucleus. With a few simple household items, you can isolate the DNA of bananas in your kitchen. In doing so, you follow the same principles as the biological researchers when they isolate DNA in the laboratory.
To run the experiment, you will need:
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Topic area: Genome biology, Methods in molecular biology
Age group: 12-14, 10-12, < 10
Author: ELLS Team