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Product 14182

By: The Flinn Staff

In the DNA Fingerprinting and Electrophoresis at Work Laboratory Kit for biotechnology, become a medical forensic investigator as you crack a murder case. An introductory activity for the study of biotechnology and electrophoresis.

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An introductory activity for students about to begin the study of biotechnology and electrophoresis. Students become medical forensic investigators as they read a case in which a woman has been attacked or a case in which an elderly man has been murdered. Once the students have read one of the case reports, they are provided with photo-reproductions of actual electrophoresis gels. Students will interpret the evidence against a list of possible suspects and attempt to solve the mystery. The design of the activity affords the teacher the flexibility to alter case outcomes from class to class and even manipulate evidence. Kit includes in-depth background material, teacher preparation and instruction tips, student copies of case descriptions and investigation reports, and reproductions of evidence and suspect electrophoresis gels. The curiosity and excitement this activity creates will lead to a better understanding of electrophoresis and biotechnology. Time required for this activity is 30 minutes.

Super Value Kit is complete for 30 students working in pairs. All materials are reusable.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Analyzing and interpreting data
Engaging in argument from evidence

Disciplinary Core Ideas

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

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Systems and system models
Structure and function

Performance Expectations

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.