Introduce DNA Forensics and Population Genetics
- Developed with Brookhaven National Labs
- Four key molecular techniques
- Time Required: 120 minutes over 2 days
Using DNA from their own cheek cells, students learn a simple method that enables genomic biologists to analyze human DNA in this lab developed in partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratories. After extracting the DNA, a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is performed to amplify a section of the mitochondrial genome that can vary between individuals. The restriction enzyme DdeI is then used to perform a restriction analysis of the DNA. Because the number of DdeI recognition sites may be different for each student, agarose gel electrophoresis is then implemented to detect the different digest patterns or haplotypes found in the class.
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