by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei
Posted May 7, 2007 in DNA Fun, DNA Products, DNA Testing
- Extract your own DNA.
All you need is 15 minutes, salt, liquid soap, water, rubbing alcohol, and some glass and plastic cups. More details from biology.about.com: How to Extract DNA From Human Cheek Cells.
Save it for future reference in case of missing persons, abduction, or identification in the event of a tragedy.
The City of San Bruno has step-by-step instructions for how to collect and save your children’s DNA in your own home (it would also be a good idea to do the same for other members of the family). A number of companies, such as DNA LifePrint, also sell DNA collection kits. And, companies like DNA Analysis have fee-for-service DNA storage.
- Preserve your DNA in jewelry form.
The Perpetua Life Jewel Pendant is composed of your DNA embedded in acrylic and can be made in a variety of colors. There’s also a Gold & Crystal Life Jewel Heart available. They market it for preserving “your animal companion’s DNA,” but nothing stops you from preserving DNA from yourself or your lover(s) and children.
- Convert your DNA into a DNA art print. I’ve already mentioned the brilliantly colorful DNA 11 DNA Portraits before but they’re worth mentioning again. Although, it might give this former lab jockey a few flashbacks.
Get your DNA tested.
Many many companies now offer DNA testing. Some are held to high standards while others are more suitable for recreational purposes. You can get your DNA tested for disease susceptibility genes, gene variants studied by people interested in nutritional genetics, ancestry, and genealogy.
Bonus idea: Send your DNA into the future by having children.
What other cool stuff have you done with your DNA?
This post was written as part of the ProBlogger Group Writing Project – Top 5.
Note: I have no financial affiliations with any of the companies named in this list.
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