Extracting DNA From Strawberries

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Our friend Aaron Rowe over at Wired Science sends along this story for our readers:

California has decreed that genetic testing companies must conduct their work in CLIA-certified labs, but biologists know that some experiments are best suited for a kitchen.

Writing for The Spittoon blog, Erin Cline explained that some 23andMe employees, mostly on the business or engineering side of things, have never seen or worked with DNA.

Late last month, a handful of her colleagues got their first look at the stringy molecule, by extracting it from strawberries.

The procedure, which can be performed by children with household items like detergent and cheesecloth, would make a good chapter in Mr. Wizard‘s Supermarket Science.
It also seems symbolic of the playful investigation offered by personalized genomics companies. Judging by the excitement in this video, preparing the clear goo is a ton of fun.


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