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The page below, from the Universe of Utah’s Genetics Science Learning Center, shows you how easy it is to extract DNA strands from any living thing (but stay away from living things that might be pissed at you for liquefying a half a cup of them in a blender).

The rest of the Learn.Genetics site is very well done and has a number of interactive experiments and models.

How to Extract DNA from Anything Living

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.