DNA Extraction Lab

DNA Extraction Lab

Enrichment Lab

Central Questions:

  • What steps are required for extracting DNA out from the inside of cells?
  • Can we extract DNA from plant tissues and soil?
  • What can scientists do with extracted DNA?


  • Attempt to separate DNA from plant tissue
  • Attempt to separate DNA from soil, a never-living material
  • Describe the appearance of DNA separated from the cell
  • Relate the location of DNA within a cell to the procedures for extracting it

Related NE Science Standards:

Life Science – Heredity SC12.3.2 Students will describe the molecular basis of reproduction and heredity −− SC12.3.2.b Describe the basic structure of DNA and its function in genetic inheritance

Anticipated Length: 90 Minutes


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