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Media Advisory: Learn to extract strawberry DNA and enjoy science-themed cocktails for National DNA Day

Rum is added to a strawberry and pineapple juice mixture for DNA Cocktails with Coalesce, a celebration of National DNA Day.

Release Date: April 26, 2017

A cotton swab visibly holding unfolded and precipitated DNA from a strawberry. Photo: Bridget Brace-MacDonald

A strainer is used to filter pulp from strawberry juice. Photo: Bridget Brace-MacDonald

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Science and cocktails will come together for one sweet evening during the University at Buffalo’s DNA Cocktails with Coalesce.

The event, held in celebration of National DNA Day, will allow guests to try their hands at extracting strawberry DNA, an ingredient that will later become a part of various themed beverages.

When: Thursday, April 27, at 6 p.m.

Where: Coalesce Center for Biological Art in 308 Hochstetter Hall on the UB North Campus. For a map, visit http://bit.ly/2nhJ2Nr.

The event is free and open to the public; no science experience is required. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate. A selection of foods related to maintaining a healthy gut microbiome and non-alcoholic drinks will also be provided.

Media are invited to attend. On-site contact is Marcene Robinson, marcener@buffalo.edu or 716-207-5814.

Why: DNA Cocktails with Coalesce is organized by the UB Community of Excellence in Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM), an interdisciplinary community of UB faculty and staff dedicated to advancing research on the genome and microbiome. 

The Coalesce Center for Biological Art, a collaboration between GEM and the UB Department of Art, is an initiative that aims to expand public understanding of and participation in the life sciences through biological art workshops and exhibitions.

National DNA Day, which occurs each year on April 25, honors the completion of the Human Genome Project, an international study that identified all of the genes that make up human DNA.

Several UB faculty were involved in the project, including Norma Nowak, PhD, professor of biochemistry, GEM co-director and founder of Empire Genomics.

Media Contact Information

Marcene Robinson
News Content Manager
Dental Medicine, Libraries, Nursing, Pharmacy

Tel: 716-645-4595
marcener@buffalo.edu