Building with Biology: See DNA

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    Building with Biology: See DNA
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    Building with Biology: See DNA

This is a hands-on activity in which visitors learn about the fundamental component of biology and synthetic engineering: DNA. In the activity, visitors will extract visible DNA from wheat germ, and create necklaces to display their own sample of wheat germ DNA.



Big Idea

Synthetic biology builds biological systems. Synthetic biology is interconnected with society.

Learning Goals

Synthetic biology develops tools and knowledge to build new living organisms and materials.

The ability to modify and build using DNA is essential to synthetic biology.

Synthetic biology benefits from many different voices.


Year created

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1421179.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Owning institution

Museum of Science, Boston


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