ERIC Number: EJ884193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
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Using Harry Potter to Introduce Students to DNA Fingerprinting & Forensic Science
Palmer, Laura K.
American Biology Teacher, v72 n4 p241-244 Apr 2010
This lesson uses characters from the Harry Potter series of novels as a "hook" to stimulate students' interest in introductory forensic science. Students are guided through RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism) analysis using inexpensive materials and asked to interpret data from a mock crime scene. Importantly, the lesson provides an opportunity to discuss limitations of using DNA fingerprinting for forensic purposes and addresses a common misconception that the sophisticated science involved in crime-scene analysis is infallible.
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Crime, Genetics, Novels, Student Interests, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Misconceptions
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