Extraction of DNA from onion

 Step by step extraction of DNA from onion


Onion1/2, Ice cold 60% ethanol, Acetorein ( Acetocarmine), Blender, Beaker, Glass bar, Tea strainer, Syringe,
Liquid for extraction of DNA ( NaCl 12g, Liquid detergent 20ml, Water 180ml)  Procedure:(1) Blend internal leaves of onion inthe mixer ( blender) for 30seconds.

(2) Add 20ml of the liquid for extraction of DNA and stir it gently. Then leave it for 10minutes.

(3)Put a tea strainer (sieve) on a small beaker and strain the liquid.

(4) Pour ice cold 60%ethanol ( double the amount of the liquid ) gently along the side of the beaker.

extraction of dna

(5) After a few seconds, white fibers ( look like cotton ) appear in the ethanol layer. ( It is DNA.)

extraction of dna

(6) Stain the white fibers by acetorcein ( acetocarmine ).extraction of dna


(1)DNA is easily to be cut by physical instinct because of a long chain structure. Therefore, need to stir gently.
(2)Operate quickly! Because there is a DNA resolve enzyme in cells. (3) Since there is a surface-active agent in
liquid detergent, the detergent destroys cell membrane and protein.Question:(1) What is DNA?DNA stores genetic information which determines as to what type of organism and what characters would be produced in any living organism.
(2) Why is it possible to extract DNA by ice cold alcohol? Because relative density of DNA is lightly than other components and solubility of ice cold alcohol is low. This is why DNA appears in the alcohol layer.

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Abdul Rauf

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