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Discovering DNA Fingerprinting Genetic Puzzle

Discovering DNA Fingerprinting

Discovering DNA
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Your students will gain an insight into how modern forensic scientists carry out DNA fingerprinting using polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

The target sequences are repeated sequences called short tandem repeats (STR, a type of variable number tandem repeat, VNTR). Scientists use them because they vary between people. By carrying out this hands-on activity, your students will gain a full understanding of DNA fingerprinting. They will also see how gender can be identified from a DNA fingerprint.

What are Genetic Puzzles?

For use with 4 student groups.

Time required: 20 minutes.

All components are reusable. Includes full instructions and class Powerpoint.