Bananas have DNA!

by  The Science Tigers

Description :

Do you know what DNA is? It’s like the recipe book that tells our bodies how to grow and work properly. And guess what? The Science Tigers from Athens, Greece figured out a way to extract DNA from a banana!

First, they mashed up the banana and mixed it with a special solution that helped break down the cells and release the DNA. Then, they filtered out all the solid bits so that only the liquid with the DNA was left.

Next, they added some more solutions to the liquid to help the DNA stick together and become visible. And voila! They could see the strands of DNA with their own eyes!

It’s like a magic trick, but with science! The Science Tigers showed us that even everyday things like bananas have amazing secrets hiding inside of them.

The Science Tigers

We are students from ACE Athens Green Center. We are named The Science Tigers because we hunt for knowledge through experimentation and most importantly fun! Our group consists of 7 students from Egypt and Bangladesh aged from 9-11 years old. This is our first time experiencing how it is to do experiments in an environment resembling a laboratory and we learn how to take safety precautions and how to handle equipment. When we don’t do experiments, some of us like to draw, others like to skate and of course all of us like to play!

from Egypt, Bangladesh

teacher:  Alexandros Sakellariou

location: Athens, Greece


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from our Mentor

Dr. Rana Mustafa

on 09/05/2023

Congratulations to all the students and your teacher! DNA extraction is an important step in many scientific fields and your achievement is a great step forward. Keep up the great work and continue to pursue your interests in DNA. Your passion for DNA could lead to breakthroughs in medicine, agriculture, or even space exploration. You should be proud of yourselves and continue to pursue your curiosity and passion for science.

Desiree Halpern

on 08/05/2023

What a wonderful biology project. You did a great job experimenting with the banana. I was so excited to see what happens at the end. Bravo!