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ERIC Number: EJ832485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Forensic Analysis of Canine DNA Samples in the Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratory
Carson, Tobin M.; Bradley, Sharonda Q.; Fekete, Brenda L.; Millard, Julie T.; LaRiviere, Frederick J.
Journal of Chemical Education, v86 n3 p376-378 Mar 2009
Recent advances in canine genomics have allowed the development of highly distinguishing methods of analysis for both nuclear and mitochondrial DNA. We describe a laboratory exercise suitable for an undergraduate biochemistry course in which the polymerase chain reaction is used to amplify hypervariable regions of DNA from dog hair and saliva present at a "crime scene". Products are analyzed via gel electrophoresis to construct DNA profiles that implicate or exonerate dog owners under suspicion. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A