Topics: Mind, DNA, Soap Pages: 2 (309 words) Published: March 21, 2013
Ryan Hall

Take Home DNA Extraction Lab

If I used Dish soap instead of Liquid detergent then the DNA would take longer to rise because of the type of soap. Materials:
-6 cups
-Liquid Detergent
-Meat Tenderizer
-Rubbing alcohol 90%
-Flat tooth Picks
-Measuring Cup
-Measuring Spoon

Safety Precautions
1. Wear Safety goggles just in case anything gets in your eyes 2. Wear an apron just in case anything splashes on you
1. Gather all materials
2. Get about a half cup of spinach, an 8th of a teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of water, then blend on high for about 15 seconds. 3. Get an empty container, put a strainer over it and pour it into the container. 4. Add about 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent and mix

5. Let the mixture sit for about 5-10 min
6. Add just a dash of your meat tenderizer Mix it and wait for 5 minutes and add rubbing alcohol 7. DNA should appear
8. Extract the DNA

-During the lab I saw that when the alcohol was poured in to the spinach mixture they were separated the alcohol was at the top the spinach was at the bottom. -Also the DNA slowly formed and attached together slowly.

-Overall I think the experiment went well I think I was happy with the results and the experiment was fun and enjoyable. I learned that you can use some common house hold items to extract DNA from an organism and that just completely blew my mind. When I just tried the experiment I didn’t think it was possible but my results completely went against everything I was thinking. For someone who is doing this experiment for their first time I would suggest using spinach because I think it gives the best results.
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