21 May 2011

Yeast DNA Extraction


    Dry yeast
    Adolph's natural meat tenderizer
    Distilled water
    Non-iodized salt
    Glass stirring rod
    Palmolive detergent
    Graduated cylinders (10ml and 100ml)
    15 ml test tube
    Ice cold 95% ethanol
    Test tube rack or 250 ml beaker

Detergent/salt solution:

    20 ml detergent
    20 g non-iodized salt
    180 ml distilled water

5% meat tenderizer solution:

    5 g tenderizer
    95 ml distilled water


    Mix 1 package of dry yeast with 40 ml of 50oC hot tap water to dissolve the yeast in a beaker. Keep mixture covered and warm for about 20 minutes.

    Add 40 ml detergent/salt solution.

    Place mixture in a blender and blend 30 sec-1 minute on high.

    Pour mixture back into the beaker, add 15 ml of meat tenderizer solution, and stir to mix.

    Place 6 ml of mixture into a test tube.

    Pour 6 ml of ice cold ethanol carefully down the side of the tube to form a layer.

    Let the mixture sit undisturbed 2-3 minutes until bubbling stops.

    You will see a precipitate in the alcohol. Swirl a glass stirring rod at the interface of the two layers. The precipitate is DNA.

Modified from: "Isolation of DNA from Onion" Ellen Averill 

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