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ERIC Number: EJ938359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9266
DNA Fingerprinting Using PCR: A Practical Forensic Science Activity
Choi, Hyun-Jung; Ahn, Jung Hoon; Ko, Minsu
Journal of Biological Education, v43 n1 p41-44 2008
This paper describes a forensic science simulation programme applicable for use in colleges. Students were asked to find a putative suspect by DNA fingerprinting using a simple protocol developed in this study. DNA samples were obtained from a hair root and a drop of blood, common sources of DNA in forensic science. The DNA fingerprinting protocol uses PCR to amplify Variable Number Tandem Repeat (VNTR) sequences with five set of primers. Although there was some variation in the quality of DNA fingerprinting results among students, the students generally carried out the program successfully by correctly identifying the suspect. The inquiry-based problem solving approach of this programme facilitates an understanding of the basic concepts of biotechnology and its application. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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