Joseph Geha / The Mercury News
The taste of a fresh, perfectly ripe apricot in the middle of a warm summer day can only bring one thing to mind: science.
Well, maybe not.
But at the first-ever Apricot STEM Fair, held at the Los Altos History Museum on Sunday, Silicon Valley’s rich history of family-run apricot orchards came together with modern science fair exhibits, bringing out hundreds of people young and old.
Wide-eyed kids gathered around an exhibit from 23andMe, the Mountain View-based genomics company, where employees were demonstrating how to extract DNA from an apricot, using test tubes, dish soap, salt, water and rubbing alcohol.
“Look at that; that’s DNA,” Patricia Penton of 23andMe said to the kids as she pulled a wooden stick from a test tube with a coagulated strand of genetic information hanging from the end.
“It kind of looks like snot, doesn’t it?” she said…Cont.