DNA Murder Mystery Lab
Your students will:
|Teach your class about the latest innovations in DNA technology
and their application to forensic science through the simulation
of DNA fingerprinting and its application to a mystery. In the
process, the class gains an understanding of how this technology
capitalizes upon the individuality of gene expression. Given the
completely reusable kit, the class is challenged to solve a murder
by matching the "pop bead" DNA fingerprints of suspects
versus samples collected at the scene of the crime.
|They learn the basics of DNA fingerprinting and why this
revolutionary process is so highly accurate. Additionally, the
class becomes familiar with DNA structure and extraction, gel
electrophoresis and autoradiography. The activity also may be used
to stimulate discussion of other "real-world"
applications of this cutting-edge technology as well as the
ethical considerations involved.
- Simulate the DNA fingerprinting procedure
- Construct and interpret an autoradiogram
- Compare and evaluate DNA fingerprint patterns
- Compare the strengths and limitations of DNA profiling
Includes enough materials for a class size of 40 students. Recommended
for students in grades 7 through 10. Manufactured by Neo/SCI.