Weird Science: Experimenting with Spinach

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Weird Science

Extracting DNA from spinach:

Blend 1 cup water, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 spinach at high speed

Strain and add 2 Tbsp dishsoap. Let stand 10 minutes

add a pinch of meat tenderizer, and add equal volume of rubbing alcohol

pour into a jar and let stand for 3 minutes

After 3 minutes, you will see the DNA separating from the liquid

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2 Comments

  1. Shannon
    Posted February 9, 2010 at 5:18 am | Permalink

    That can’t really be the DNA, can it?

  2. Posted February 10, 2010 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    I wanted to get it under a super powered microscope to look at it. The experiment *said* it was DNA, and I can’t see a reason for them to mislead people, but I would like to look into it more myself :)