Candy DNA model
What you’ll need
- Strawberry laces/ pencils or liquorice sticks
- Jelly babies/ jelly tots/ wine gums
- cocktail sticks
- a clear, easy to clean surface
How to make your candy DNA model
Genes are a set of instructions held on a string of DNA, which tells a cell how to make a specific protein or enzyme molecule. This special set of instructions is made up of individual pairs of nucleotides.
These 4 nucleotides, along with the sugars and phosphates, make up your double helix candy DNA model: Adenine, Thymine, Cytosine, Guanine. So, before you start making your model, assign a colour to each of the 4 nucleotide within your codon, remember C and G and T and A always pair up.
Once you’ve done that, give a slight twist to create the classic twisty helix!