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Extract DNA from a Strawberry at Home – Cool Science Experiment

October 5, 2019

Hi, I am Benyamin. Today I am gonna show you how extract DNA from a Strawberry at home In order to study DNA scientists have to extract it from cells there are many DNA extraction kits available for scientists to use in the lab but they all work in roughly the same way This experiment lets you make your own DNA extraction kit from common household materials okay, lets check it out Here is what you need Isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol dish soap, salt, water, plastic bag beaker or test tube or you can use a small clear glass jar measuring cups, strainer, tweezers and safety glasses Step 1: put the isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol in the freezer to chili it Step 2: Measure 100 ml of water then add 10 ml of dish soap and half of teaspoon salt to the water and mix it up this will be your extraction liquid Step 3: put the strawberry in the plastic bag and then add the extraction liquid you just made to the plastic bag too Step 4: Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag after that mash the strawberry with your hands for 2 minutes until there are no big pieces this is what it will look like Step 5: use a strainer to separate the liquid from the strawberry pulp Step 6: Now, transfer the liquid to a small beaker or a small clear glass jar Step 7: add 5 ml of iced Isopropyl alcohol or Rubbing alcohol and wait for a few minutes the alcohol will form a layer on top of the strawberry juice Step 8: okay, now you should see stringy whitish stuff collecting between two layers of liquid this is DNA ! you can gently pull the DNA out with the tweezers the detergent I used caused the cells to pop open or lyse this releases the DNA into the solution and the alcohol causes the DNA to precipitate out of the solution you can do this experiment on most any living thing try this experiment using other fruits, vegetables or soft meats like chicken liver Please share your opinions and video responses in the comments with us and be sure to subscribe us by clicking here because amazing videos will come soon and as always thanks for watching


  • Reply DIY with Ben July 15, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Extract DNA from a Strawberry at Home – Cool Science Experiment

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  • Reply Ahmed Al lulu July 15, 2014 at 8:17 am

    How can I make sure that this is DNA

  • Reply Badr Saber July 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I have to try this 😉

  • Reply Grant Karstel July 18, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    nice video 

  • Reply John Smith July 19, 2014 at 5:41 am

    can you eat the dna?

  • Reply Marchelle Geffrard September 4, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Thx for the help

  • Reply That Zebra Cross The Road September 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    What was that? A worm

  • Reply jimmy jon September 16, 2014 at 4:32 am

    i will inject myself with this dna.  i wana be a straberry 😀

  • Reply yuh September 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Cool! It worked for me. I used a Tomato instead of a strawberry, but still got amazing results! Thanks!

  • Reply Alex Billy October 2, 2014 at 2:58 am

    what happens when you eat the dna

  • Reply Idalis Idalgo October 4, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I did this in biology class, but do you know how to clone the DNA.

  • Reply Hòa Trần Ngọc November 1, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    How do you record the DNA information or the DNA sequences into a computer file so that you can BLAST it ?

  • Reply Anindya Sadhana November 17, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    what kind of alcohol do you use it? woh many % of alcohol do you use?

  • Reply plosla December 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Is this dna containing impurities? it seems a bit red and theres a large amount of it..

  • Reply Shanethefilmmaker December 13, 2014 at 6:54 am

    How do you purify it upon extraction?

  • Reply Fabiola Ramirez January 31, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    can you use something besides a tube

  • Reply Zackary Linville March 10, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Awesome job!

  • Reply Raquel Cabistan March 23, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Can I use a microscope to see more detail of the DNA?

  • Reply Darsh Bavishi April 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    U r just awesomeeeeeeee

  • Reply Sam Choi June 5, 2015 at 12:00 am

    so Cool!!

  • Reply Jayshaa1225 June 12, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Can I use different alcohol like ethanol other than isopropyl alcohol?

  • Reply Hunter is back7 June 13, 2015 at 3:45 am

    What if I put the dna in me will I turn to a giant strawberry!?

  • Reply GoldiRock Records June 27, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Please don't add the 'sound' "UH" to the end of "strawberry"…
    Thank you!

  • Reply GoldiRock Records June 27, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Could you give some of the newer subscribers a 'REASON' for extracting DNA from a straberry, how they can 'use' it, what experiments can be done and why??

  • Reply Cyrus Jarvis September 30, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Iranian I'm guessing lol

  • Reply Yvonne Butterfield October 23, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Nice job!

  • Reply MKme Lab November 4, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Very interesting!

  • Reply chimman singh December 20, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    helps me lot…for my bio project

  • Reply Robocop2015 January 18, 2016 at 1:15 am


  • Reply Mitchell Gust February 9, 2016 at 8:31 am

    What is the purpose and function of the salt in the purification process?

  • Reply nana nao February 16, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Is it possible to get DNA if I add all these expect the detergent? Can I still get DNA without adding any detergent?

  • Reply Rio February 17, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Planning to do this with DNA activity with my STEM club member kids! Thanks!

  • Reply Jeffelisha K. April 13, 2016 at 7:48 pm


  • Reply salar be April 28, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    are you iranian ?

  • Reply Marianne July 29, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I'd do this but I don't have alcohol… :/ Is there any alternative?

  • Reply Hisoka The Magician August 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Would it be possible to run this DNA in AGE?

  • Reply sumaiya shaikh October 6, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    can v c DNA in a simple microscope……?

  • Reply sumaiya shaikh October 6, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    coz it's extraction is simple but if v want to c it ….simple microscope 'll work ?reply

  • Reply Marleny Dominguez October 23, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    thank you, it is going to help me with my son's proyect

  • Reply Masoud Mousavi November 8, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    thank you bro

  • Reply Masoud Mousavi November 8, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    I will make a recipe of what you did for my bio lv

  • Reply Eggster November 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Omg its not wa-er its water not wa-er

  • Reply Tom Collier January 8, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    How important is it to chill the isopropyl alcohol? I tried this with my students but did not get the alcohol very cold. The alcohol did not seem to form a separate layer, but seems to dilute into the strawberry mixture. As a result we did not seem to get any DNA. Is freezing the alcohol the key to that layer separation?

  • Reply spark_ dark January 15, 2017 at 10:09 am

    where can I get the alcohol ??

  • Reply Dinesh K January 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

    DNA test how much cost pls

  • Reply NoOb4FuN January 28, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    XD our ENG teacher tell us about this video -_- …………

  • Reply EWA FCKN BEACH March 9, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Wait… that's DNA. What else do you have to do to make a seed?
    Is it possible to cross breed it?

  • Reply Samuel Adams April 30, 2017 at 9:10 am

    whenever im doing this kind of stuff at school,like extracting dna,i always whisper to my friends look strawberry jizz,we all laugh.

  • Reply sagar Joshi May 20, 2017 at 7:06 am

    what to do with it? look under microscope?

  • Reply Ken Snow May 22, 2017 at 7:17 am

    how can you manipulate a dna, by the way?

  • Reply Jed Spingarn May 29, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    didn't work

  • Reply Kat Xenaki July 1, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    i Like The DNA From The Strawberry

  • Reply Jeyem Tacata July 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    is that really a DNA?

  • Reply Ou Ke Ren July 8, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Thanks! Am trying this for my Summer Camp next week! Much appreciated!

  • Reply Mohammed Abu Baker September 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    can we use any alcohol

  • Reply dana diab September 26, 2017 at 1:52 am

    some one please help me on this…, I tried to do this but when i mashed the strawberry in the bag with the liquid, all I got was a bunch of bubbles and soap. I poured it in a cup over a strainer and all that came out was soap. I am pretty sure i did everything right but no DNA came. All the strawberry was in the strainer still even though i mashed everything. Does anyone know what i did wrong? also can this help the world with anything?

  • Reply Muzzamil Shehzad October 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

    if i extract DNA of banana and mango through this method,and mixed them both.
    How I can introduce this new DNA into wheat seed or within any vegetable?

  • Reply Pooja Chikane October 25, 2017 at 5:16 am


  • Reply LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL November 3, 2017 at 4:32 pm


  • Reply Atul Chawda November 7, 2017 at 12:58 am


  • Reply Atul Chawda November 17, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    send me link of rubbing alcohol

  • Reply Islamic lifestyle November 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Best video I seen evee

  • Reply J Vlogs November 25, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    it allowed me to get the dna witch contained the cells I needed for genetic engineering

  • Reply Gavin G December 2, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    soooooo coool

  • Reply Haneen Hafiz January 27, 2018 at 11:02 am


  • Reply Niraj Kumar134 February 15, 2018 at 6:39 am

    why only isopropyl alcohol is used?

  • Reply Giovanny Alcaraz Perez February 23, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    eat my but

  • Reply Mr Potatochu February 26, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Can I do it with apples

  • Reply Oliwia Jak March 31, 2018 at 12:46 am

    If I use my saliva, will I see my own Dna?

  • Reply Nazia Jowshan April 3, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    GreAt job, but I have a question plz help me , how could we further purify our sample of DNA?

  • Reply Sakina Mustansir April 6, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Instead of rubbing alcohol what can i add?

  • Reply Geezer Lim April 7, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Can I extract potato

  • Reply Sunaina Shet April 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Plss sir tell me what was that green colored liquid. And which alcohol is that? Can we use ethanol?

  • Reply Sunaina Shet April 14, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Waiting for rply

  • Reply Palani Murugan July 14, 2018 at 7:41 am

    please send me a fair science experiment.

  • Reply pir mashkoor September 2, 2018 at 9:05 am


  • Reply Luno Tube September 14, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Can i store the DNA in alcohol and save it in the freezer

  • Reply KENI PATEL September 22, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Can I observe it under 10x or 45x microscope??

  • Reply Allium cepa November 13, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Nothing will happen we all eat DNA ffs our body digests it DNA is protein.

  • Reply paree 2397 December 16, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    As per the extract we get DNA precipitation… Hw vl b proving its DNA..??? So if uh have any connecting link fr ths,plz share…!!

  • Reply Vaishnavi Jha December 20, 2018 at 4:44 am

    Can we put ants as my experimental

  • Reply YogaFinder Worldwide January 3, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Music distracting. Thank you.

  • Reply slyfox 21 January 9, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Bobo ka

  • Reply slyfox 21 January 9, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Bobo mo aboud

  • Reply Sarah Roosevelt January 25, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Can we see the dna pattern for the strawberry?

  • Reply Gokhan Yurtsever January 28, 2019 at 2:34 am

    It was very easy to do this experiment after watching your video instructions what I had was awful.

  • Reply Shanaya Ravi February 4, 2019 at 12:50 am

    What you used after propyl alcohol?
    Please reply what was that green coloured substance….

  • Reply malyun bishar February 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    why do you use a mixture of soap, salt solution? is there another alternative?

  • Reply TheRealTJErnie February 20, 2019 at 5:18 am

    veggie tables!

  • Reply Chappidi Sireesha February 24, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Is DNA look like same after 3 days

  • Reply ToxicHamster YT April 27, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    I don’t know the cells of the strawberries have eukaryote or prokaryote cells.

  • Reply Selvam Yagaa July 28, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Natumaruthuvam Tamil

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