The kit is designed to give each student experience on how DNA is isolated by scientists from tiny amounts of samples, such as cheek cells. Students collect their own cheek cells, which are first broken open in a solution to release proteins and cellular components. Proteins and cellular materials are then removed by the action of a protease, which essentially “eats” the proteins and releases the genetic material (DNA). The DNA is precipitated with alcohol and visualized as a suspension of long, white strands.
The kit is suitable for junior school grade levels to college and university levels and even those adults and professionals seeking an understanding of molecular basis of life and genomic DNA.
- Curiosity driven lesson in genomics.
- Introductory lesson to DNA and genes.
- Safe to perform lab activity in any classroom environment.
Please refer to the Product Protocol for additional equipment needed.