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Dandelions Welcomed into Washington Laboratory

Dandelions Welcomed into Washington Laboratory

Dandelions may be interesting to look at, but they have long been a thorn in the side of farmers and amateur gardeners.

The Washington University has, however, found an ingenious use for this plant.

According to lab technicians at the university, the dandelion seeds function perfectly as pipettes. Since there aren’t many tools available for handling droplets, the students and the engineering and applied science faculty turned to nature.

Not only is it much cheaper than the existing equipment, but it functions better as well.

The secret lies in the fluffy white structure found around the elongated seed. This exterior can soak up both hydrophilic (water-based) and oleophilic (oil-based) mixtures, which makes it an extremely useful laboratory tool.

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