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Strawberry DNA Extraction

  Ever wanted to know what DNA looks like? Or heck, what  DNA even is?
Getting your Strawberry DNA Extraction StemBox is a good first step,
but if you want to know more check out the additional resources below!

Experiment Instructional Videos

Research DNA on the Web!

  • DNA Game

    Match the base pairs of a replicating DNA strand on the Nobel Prize website. See how many you can match while the DNA replicates. But be careful, too many mistakes could lead to mutations beyond repair!
    Test your skills!

    Rosalind Franklin

    Everything you need to know about the woman who took Photo 51, the first image of DNA via Wikipedia. Her work is largely under represented in the scientific community when it comes to the discovery of DNA's structure.
    Learn more!

    Khan Academy

    Khan Academy is a free online learning resource that uses videos to teach about all topics imaginable. Learn your way through DNA basics, replication, Mendelian genetics, and more. ( Psst! This site got Kina through a lot of Organic Chemistry in college!)
    Read more!

  • Crash Course

    John Green leads YouTube viewers through fun and unique lessons on all things DNA! Great for other science topics too.
    Learn more!

    Watson & Crick

    The two scientists who used Rosalind Franklin's research to build the first 3D model of the DNA double helix. Learn about DNA's structure and the controversy that ensued from the lack of permission in using Rosalind's Photo 51. Scandalous!
    Read more!

    23andMe

    A biotechnology company that sequences YOUR DNA to tell you all about it. A fun gift for serious DNA enthusiasts. (This is on Kina's Christmas List!)
    Check it out!

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This part is half the fun! Try to find fruits that are polyploidy, meaning they have multiple copies of their chromosomes. Bananas and kiwis are a fantastic substitute depending on the seasonality in your area.

No sweat! You can use moistened single layer paper towl or napkins. If you have gauze from a medical kit that will work as will cheesecloth or a thin towel.

Isopropanol can be found at your local drug store or pharmacy in the first aid section. The higher the percentage, the better! It also helps if you can keep your isopropanol on ice prior to using it. Other rubbing alcohols should work fine too!

If your StemBox is missing pieces or you're having other issues, email us!
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We are happy to help and will do our best to send you a replacement piece ASAP!