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Dynamite DNA!: A Hands-On Demonstration

Saturday, May 24, 2014
12:00 AM
Museum of Natural History

Deoxyribonucleic Acid, or DNA, tells our cells how to build the proteins and tissues that make our bodies. Learn how museum scientists use DNA to aid in conservation of species and to find information about evolutionary history. During the activity, you will start with a whole banana and go through a process of chemical extraction to obtain fairly pure banana DNA. These 20-30 minute interactive programs take place on the 2nd floor of the Museum. They include both brief presentations highlighting university research and engaging hands-on activities, and are suitable for adults and children ages 5 and up.