Intermediate - Easy to perform; requires some background knowledge.
- Introduces advanced concepts of PCR and DNA fingerprinting
- Gels can be run in 45 minutes with five 9-V batteries or overnight with one battery
- Introduces forensic techniques
- Can be adapted for use with activities in the National Council for Agricultural Education's Biotechnology for Plants, Animals, and the Environment (#212217)
This technically simple experiment simulates the use of DNA in forensic investigations. Students cast agarose gels, load predigested DNA, and perform electrophoresis. They use the banding patterns of the DNA in the gel to compare the DNA fingerprints of 2 suspects with evidence and victim DNA.
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