Do you know what DNA is?

At this table presented by the South Lake Union Group of UW Medicine, volunteers including Kassandra Thomson, PhD student in Bioengineering invite kids to extract DNA from strawberries.

That’s right, kids of all ages can squish up strawberries and, in a few more steps, extract their DNA — even if at first they don’t what DNA is. Kassandra starts with the most basic questions, and this vibrant activity naturally draws people in.

UW Medicine :: Life Sciences Research Weekend 2010 :: Photo by Mohini Patel Glanz

The DNA isolation protocol, for middle and/or high school students is available for download courtesy of the Science Education Partnership funded by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, along with other educational resources from the Open Science Foundation event blog of NWABR DNA Day in March 2010.

About UW Medicine

UW Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow’s physicians, scientists and other health professionals.

UW Medicine owns or operates Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, a network of seven UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics that provide primary care, the UW School of Medicine, the physician practice UW Physicians and Airlift Northwest. In addition, UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of Children’s University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a partnership among UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Children’s.

By Brian Glanz for NWABR. Please reuse and remix! We share with a Creative Commons Attribution License.