Yummy Gummy DNA

Make your own edible DNA double helix out of sweets!

This tasty activity helps you to explore the shape and structure of DNA. Four colours of gummy sweets represent the four bases that make up DNA. Using the toothpicks you can pair the bases correctly and make up the ladder-like shape of the DNA helix.

And the best part of the activity – it’s edible!

DNA has the shape of a ‘double helix’. It is comprised of two single strands that join and twist together. The strands contain four bases (adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine), which bind together in complementary pairs (A with T, C with G). These bases act as the rungs of the ladder-like structure. 

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This page was last updated on 2016-06-30