Type:

Graphic Organizer/Worksheet

Description:

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

Subjects:

  • Science > General

Education Levels:

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

Keywords:

DNA fingerprinting RFLP paternity gel electrophoresis

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
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Curriki Rating
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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.
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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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