Kitchen Biology

A new program on PBS, NOVA's "Cracking Your Genetic Code," is a good example of why DIY biohacking has taken hold, says Veronique Greenwood at the 80beats blog. A PBS promotional video shows how simple it can be to extract DNA using common household products. "The video is a neat reminder that what happens in labs isn't magic: it's just basic chemistry," Greenwood adds.

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