Wheat Germ DNA Extraction
This lesson takes a very abstract subject of genetic codes or the 'genetic recipe' of life in plants and animals and allows students to see DNA strands extracted from the genetic material of wheat germ. DNA is difficult to grasp because it is not easily seen. This activity allows students to use household chemicals to extract DNA strands from wheat germ in a matter of minutes. They will be introduced to Norman Borlaug, the author of the green revolution through the book The Boy Who Changed the World, by Andy Andrews.
Suggested Grade Level: 5th – 6th
Time: 50 minutes
Subjects: Science, Math
Students will observe DNA strands extracted from Wheat Germ
Students will learn the importance of genetic engineering is to create the perfect plant that will survive, bear seeds and fruit and feed the world.
Students will learn the contributions scientist Norman Borlaug made to decrease world hunger using natural selection of wheat plants.
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