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A Murder Mystery: DNA Fingerprinting—Super Value Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

With the A Murder Mystery–DNA Fingerprinting Laboratory Kit for biotechnology, challenge others to solve the mystery using simulated DNA fingerprinting techniques.

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A murder has occurred, and DNA samples from various suspects have been collected. Challenge your class to solve the mystery using simulated DNA fingerprinting techniques. With this completely reusable kit, students match “pop bead” DNA fingerprints of the suspects with samples collected at the scene of the crime. Students learn: 
  • The basics of DNA fingerprinting
  • DNA structure and extraction
  • Gel electrophoresis and autoradiography
  • The accuracy of DNA fingerprinting

All materials are reusable.


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Asking questions and defining problems

Disciplinary Core Ideas

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

Crosscutting Concepts

Structure and function
Cause and effect

Performance Expectations

HS-LS1-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.
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.