What You Did

You found the instructions your cells use in your whole body; you found your deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA.

Intended Results

You isolated a couple strands of your own DNA, and if you have access to a microscope, you were able to observe it under magnification. You broke down the cell membranes of your cheek cells and used the properties of density to recover the DNA strands.

Unintended Results

You may not have scraped your cheeks enough to release enough cells, or maybe just by chance you didn't pour any DNA into the spice jar and so you did not observe any strands at all.

Keep Tinkering

Try extracting DNA from other living things, like your dog or a strawberry

Explored Concepts

cells and organelles, DNA

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