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You Can Extract the DNA of a Strawberry by Making This Delicious Cocktail

Who could have guessed biology would taste this good?

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DNA is not usually the sort of thing I think of as a delicious way to relax at the end of a long day, but that’s probably because I’m not a synthetic biologist. Oliver Medvedik, on the other hand, is, and in this TED-produced video, the co-founder of New York community biolab GenSpace demonstrates how to extract the deoxyribonucleic acid from a common strawberry by making a pretty decent looking cocktail. All you need are frozen strawberries, pineapple juice, a filter, and some high-proof alcohol. It’s surprisingly simple:

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Infographic: The Chemistry of a Bloody Mary

Chemists unearth some surprising health benefits in your iconic morning cocktail.


Scientists meeting at the American Chemical Society this week raised a glass (or maybe a Pyrex glass beaker?) to the Bloody Mary. According to Neil Da Costa, a chemist working for International Flavors and Fragrances, the tomato, citrus, horseradish, black pepper, and celery salt blend activates a wide range of our taste receptors, making it one of the world's most chemically complex cocktails.

Da Costa told the the ACS:

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