Unit 2: DNA Analysis

Ever wonder how they solve those mysterious murders in TV crime dramas? The second of four units in a Biotechnology series introduces scholars to the many methods of DNA analysis. Pupils create and run their own gel electrophoresis plates and use their skills to determine the perpetrator in a mock investigation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show a video about the first murder case solved using DNA while learners wait for their electrophoresis plates to run
  • Have partners research one of the notable scientists responsible for advances in genetics and present their information to the class
Classroom Considerations

  • Order the lab supplies and request The Case of the Crown Jewels curricula guide well in advance of beginning the unit
  • Consider augmenting the student notes with more detail based upon the needs of your class
Pros

  • Engaging activities provide real-life experience in working with DNA
  • The teacher's guide is thoughtfully organized to make planning easy
Cons

  • None
Common Core