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DNA Paternity Testing—Student Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: FB1799 

Price: $128.88

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In the DNA Paternity Testing Laboratory Kit for forensic science and biotechnology, perform a paternity test using enzyme-restricted DNA to determine the descendant of one of the greatest thinkers of the Renaissance.

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Perform a paternity test using enzyme-restricted DNA to determine the descendant of one of the greatest thinkers of the Renaissance. The DNA is ready to load into student-prepared electrophoresis gels. After electrophoresis, students will clearly see the resulting DNA bands and be able to easily identify each band to solve the mystery. Students learn about restriction enzymes, DNA inheritance and important electrophoresis techniques with this engaged lab experience. This kit contains comprehensive background information about paternity testing and DNA analysis plus step-by-step procedures, questions and Teacher Notes.

Complete with enough materials to run six gels. Requires electrophoresis apparatus and power supply. DNA source is Lambda phage.*

*The DNA contained in this kit must be kept frozen prior to use. Orders will only be shipped between September 15 and May 15 unless we are told otherwise. Upon receipt, this kit should be stored in the freezer until just before it is to be used.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Agarose, LE, 3 g
DNA samples and practice pipetting solution, kept in freezer
Electrophoresis buffer, concentrated 50x, 100 mL
Methylene blue electrophoresis stain, 10x, 100 mL
DNA paternity testing story
Pipets, needle tip, disposable, 30
Weighing dish, disposable, 5.5 g, 5½" x 5½", 6

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Developing and using models
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

MS-LS3-2: Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.
HS-LS3-1: Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.