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ERIC Number: EJ809029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0002-7685
DNA Fingerprinting in a Forensic Teaching Experiment
Wagoner, Stacy A.; Carlson, Kimberly A.
American Biology Teacher, v70 n6 p29-33 Aug 2008
This article presents an experiment designed to provide students, in a classroom laboratory setting, a hands-on demonstration of the steps used in DNA forensic analysis by performing DNA extraction, DNA fingerprinting, and statistical analysis of the data. This experiment demonstrates how DNA fingerprinting is performed and how long it takes. It also shows that DNA fingerprinting is a useful tool in forensic science. Moreover, it debunks the myth portrayed in popular TV shows that obtaining DNA evidence is a guarantee that the crime will be solved in an hour. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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