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In Lucknow, 550 students set new Guinness World Record by extracting DNA from bananas

The fourth edition of the India International Science Festival (IISF) that started last week in Lucknow has seen over 500 students of a school set a new Guinness World Record by extracting DNA (DeoxyriboNucleic Acid) from bananas. Previously, a total of 302 students of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, had participated to extract DNA from a fruit in February last year.

Ram Singh, who works as a gardener in the GD Goenka Public School, brought 15 dozen or 180 bananas from a local market. On Saturday, the 550 students of classes VII to XII participated in the event to extract DNA from the fruit using a custom-made kit. The DNA or DeoxyriboNucleic Acid is the hereditary material which has its presence in almost all creature including humans.

Within the duration of an hour, the students succeeded in doing the job after several attempts. The latest record for the experiment was completed in 61 minutes. After the event, the Principal of the school received the GWR or Guinness World Records certificate. Yesterday, another group successfully made a world record for most people conducting first-aid classes.

Before the event could take place, Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology exuded confident of winning. Speaking to The Indian Express, Swarup said, “We are going to win…What will we say when we win?” Responding to Swarup’s question, a student said ‘Jai Hind.’