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This lesson will lead students to simulate the process of creating a DNA fingerprint in order to determine the paternity of a child.


  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


DNA fingerprinting RFLP paternity gel electrophoresis



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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2013-07-05.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

In this paper-based simulation, students will participate in four main steps in creating a DNA "fingerprint" – COPY (using Polymerase Chain Reaction), CUT (using specific enzymes), SEPARATE (using gel electrophoresis), COMPARE (analyzing the final gel). There are two versions of this lesson - one version uses the DNA to help determine the paternity of a child, while the other version uses DNA to help determine which suspect left DNA at a crime scene. Significant support material is provided to help teachers implement this activity, including an introductory video demonstrating the paper simulation, and keys for each step of the process.
Curriki Review System
July 5, 2013

This resource received a 3* rating because it is part of the larger resource DNA Fingerprints - A Gel Electrophoresis Simulation, which received a rating of 3-Exemplary in the Curriki Review System. You can learn more about this larger resource by reading its review and comments.

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