Your DNA is as elastic as nylon

In a paper published last year, scientists measured DNA’s elasticity and found it to be 83 newtons per meter, or about like nylon. Although DNA is not pulling a suburban like Travis Ortmayer in the above video (a hemp rope would have been much less elastic, see video), it does need to unzip and coil extensively. So if you plan on using string or rope to teach about DNA replication or histones, use nylon!