Strawberry DNA extraction

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When watching crime shows on TV, DNA testing is practically instantaneous, but is that realistic? Young geneticists extract DNA from a strawberry, then work together to research what forensic science looks like in the real world. With several questions to answer about forensic scientists, learners will get to learn the reality behind some of TVs favorite fiction shows.

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  • High engagement potential for both the lab and research
  • Clear real-world applications


  • Website exploration could take a very long time (especially on the CSI page)
  • Not all questions can be answered through links provided
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