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Separated DNA from a strawberry today.

Here, strings of DNA precipitate up into the propanol and clump together.

The strawberry cell walls were dissolved in an earlier detergent rinse.

hawpics, chareen.snelson, eric.felker, and 4 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Ken Mitchell [deleted] 97 months ago | reply

    I Must Say This Is Very Well Done. Congratulations. Very Important To Separate These. Good Work

  2. jurvetson 97 months ago | reply

    heh... =)

    You gotta keep 'em separated
    – Offspring

  3. sbove 97 months ago | reply

    at the risk of getting my numbers wrong, but in the interest of illuminating "scale": each strawberry cell's dna strand ~ ten angstroms wide, ~ 1 meter long, ~800 mega bases (if i remember plant genome size correctly)...coiled up inside a nucleus between 3 and 10 micrometers wide, being transcoded in parallel at between 100 and several thousand locations depending on what operation the cell is performing...several billion cells. That strawberry is on the order of a billion-billion bases running probably in excess of a trillion ops per second while its alive...one heck of a chemical-super-computer. A la mode please.

  4. fotogail 97 months ago | reply

    how exciting. i don't get by your photostream enough!

    [Re: "That poster photo was clearly posted as "private" for you... The flickr framework extends to meat space you know... " I've got to say that that's one of the best meta-flickr-quips i've seen. very funny! oh yeah... the shot of the model has to be copyright by somebody so it's even a better joke than i first thought.]

  5. Vanita 97 months ago | reply

    Now separated the DNA from the whipped cream and the shortcake.

  6. The Rocketeer 97 months ago | reply

    I'll take the DNA, but can you separate the calories from the fruit without losing the taste?

  7. earthpages 59 months ago | reply

    Interesting picture! Thanks for making it CCL, I've blogged it here.. earthpages.wordpress.com/2009/06/11/scientism/
    faq: earthpages.wordpress.com/faq/p/

  8. anikarenina 59 months ago | reply

    Thanks for the great CC image! I've used it in a presentation about eScience.

  9. alxflickrrr 55 months ago | reply

    Thanks for photo!

  10. LittleBrotherIsWatching [deleted] 47 months ago | reply

    This image is used in a Creative Commons video here:
    creativecommons.org/videos/sciencecommons

  11. doitsunosensei 44 months ago | reply

    Thank you for adding your beautiful picture to the group
    Structures and colors - detergents only!

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