DNA Extraction

DNA is extracted from human cells for a variety of reasons. With a pure sample of DNA you can test a newborn for a genetic disease, analyze forensic evidence, or study a gene involved in cancer. Try this virtual laboratory to perform a cheek swab and extract DNA from human cells.


  • Funding

    Supported by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Grant No. R25RR023288 from the National Center for Research Resources.

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APA format:

Genetic Science Learning Center. (2013, February 14) DNA Extraction. Retrieved August 29, 2016, from http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/labs/extraction/

CSE format:

DNA Extraction [Internet]. Salt Lake City (UT): Genetic Science Learning Center; 2013 [cited 2016 Aug 29] Available from http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/labs/extraction/

Chicago format:

Genetic Science Learning Center. "DNA Extraction." Learn.Genetics.February 14, 2013. Accessed August 29, 2016. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/labs/extraction/.