Yeast DNA Extraction

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This laboratory exercise is designed to show learners how DNA can easily be extracted from yeast using simple materials. Use this experiment to supplement any unit on genetics and to demonstrate how scientists study DNA. Adult supervision is recommended. This resource guide includes tips and suggestions for instructors as well as other DNA extraction experiments and a chart for learners to answer questions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • dry yeast
  • Adolph's natural meat tenderizer
  • beaker
  • distilled water
  • non-iodized salt
  • glass stirring rod
  • Palmolive detergent
  • graduated cylinders (10ml and 100ml)
  • blender
  • 15 ml test tube
  • ice cold 95% ethanol
  • test tube rack or 250 ml beaker
  • 40 ml of 50degC hot tap water


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Structure and Function
    • Diversity of Life
      • Protists and Fungi
    • Heredity and Genetics
      • DNA Structure and Function
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Hays, Lana