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Scientific American Goes Bananas on December 20

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These bananas will give their all for science. Credit: Mariette DiChristina

Editor’s note: Join the Hangout by visiting Scientific American’s Google Plus page at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.

That’s right. Using ordinary household items and a humble piece of fruit, we’re going to perform a seemingly magical feat of science while you watch on a Google Science Fair Hangout on December 20 at 1 p.m. EST: we will get strands of DNA out of a banana. (Scientific American is a partner in the Google Science Fair, and we sponsor the $50,000 Science in Action award.)

Joining me for this special deSTEMber science activity is Sarah Ann Anderson, who is working on her M.D. and Ph.D. at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and who is also a New York Academy of Sciences Fellow. Sarah Ann and I will not only show you our mad science skilz, we will also regale you with interesting facts about DNA and bananas—and answer your questions. We also have some questions for you!

Can’t wait? Well, you can check out the Find the DNA in a Banana activity on our site now. It has a list of ingredients, and the steps we’ll be taking.

Want more? You’ll find dozens more activities at Bring Science Home. We also put a new activity up each week. They’re a perfect way to spend some quality time with science on a weekend or a holiday break, too.

Mariette DiChristina About the Author: Editor in Chief, Mariette DiChristina, oversees Scientific American, ScientificAmerican.com, Scientific American MIND and all newsstand special editions. Follow on Twitter @mdichristina.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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