Extracting your own DNA

Extracting your own DNA

Extracting your own DNA

 

Year 9 students will visit the centre and take part in the activity "Extracting your own DNA". 

Students will extract their own DNA, from their cheek cells, and walk away with a small piece of it in a necklace for them to wear.  After harvesting their own cheek cells they then extract the DNA by using a lysis buffer and protease digestion. To precipitate the DNA out of solution, ice cold ethanol is used which can then be transferred in to a necklace.  This workshop is a great introduction to enzymes, DNA structure and uses equipment usually found at degree level.  This activity involves the usage of apparatus like micropipette, ultracentrifuge, electrophoresis and different types of enzymes of genetic engineering.