DNA Profiling Activity

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Everyone loves a good mystery ... can your class actually solve one? Partnered pupils take on the role of forensic investigators during a three-part activity focusing on DNA evidence processing. Learners discover the methods used to develop a genetic profile, how to calculate profile match probabilities, and the function of the polymerase chain reaction.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the activity as an extension for the interactive lesson
  • Have individuals research to discover famous cases where DNA evidence solved the crime
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson is appropriate for honors or AP Biology pupils
  • The activity can be trimmed down if time is an issue without losing any learning objectives
  • A long section of helpful teaching tips ensures a smooth delivery
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