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DNALC Live: Kitchen Science: Human DNA Extraction


Date: Monday, March 30, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am

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Date: Monday, March 30, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. (EDT)
Duration: 40 minutes
Presenter: Michael Paul, DNA Learning Center
Audience: Grades 5-8, plus all interested science enthusiasts

Watch on YouTube
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Activity description:

DNA is a molecule inside the cells of all living things, including US! In this session, you will use a simple procedure to extract your own DNA from cheek cells, using household materials.  If you would like to perform the lab alongside DNALC Instructor Mike Paul, take a look at the protocol in the resources section and have your materials ready when you join in!

In this session, you will:

  • Learn about the structure of DNA;
  • Explore some important chemical principles;
  • Follow the procedure at home alongside our instructor;
  • Extract and see your own DNA!

Materials needed to participate from home:

  • Gatorade or any sports drink
  • Dish soap or shampoo
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Toothpick
  • Clear, small cup
  • Measuring spoon (teaspoon & tablespoon)


If the stream in YouTube is very bad, we will switch the presentation to:
(Participants will only be admitted to the Zoom meeting if the YouTube stream is stopped.)