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DNA Forensics—Student Laboratory Kits

By: The Flinn Staff

In the DNA Forensics Student Laboratory Kit, become a forensic scientist and use biotechnology to solve a crime by analyzing DNA samples collected at the “crime scene.”

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Students become forensic scientists and use biotechnology to solve a crime by analyzing DNA samples collected at the “crime scene.” The DNA samples are run through a gel electrophoresis “maze” and distinct bands separate—clearly leading to the guilty person. Use this nonviolent scenario to teach your students about DNA electrophoresis! Includes student and teacher instructions, plus a crime report and all the materials necessary to run six gels.

Complete for 6 student groups. Super Value Kit is complete for 30 student groups. 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.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Asking questions and defining problems
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
MS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
HS-PS4.A: Wave Properties
HS-PS4.B: Electromagnetic Radiation
HS-LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Patterns
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

MS-PS4-2: Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
HS-PS4-3: Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning behind the idea that electromagnetic radiation can be described either by a wave model or a particle model, and that for some situations one model is more useful than the other.
HS-LS2-8: Evaluate evidence for the role of group behavior on individual and species’ chances to survive and reproduce