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Demonstrate the use of basic instrumentation in DNA analysis.

Definition

Demonstration should include
  • DNA extraction and purification from living tissue, following SOPs
  • pipetting technique
  • gel electrophoresis
  • polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Process/Skill Questions

  • What are the primary types of instruments and equipment used in forensic science?
  • What purpose do the instruments serve?
  • What safety practices are important when using the instruments of forensic science?

Related Standards of Learning

Science

BIO.2

The student will investigate and understand the chemical and biochemical principles essential for life. Key concepts include
  1. water chemistry and its impact on life processes;
  2. the structure and function of macromolecules;
  3. the nature of enzymes; and
  4. the capture, storage, transformation, and flow of energy through the processes of photosynthesis and respiration.

Other Related Standards

The National Council for Agricultural Education: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Content Standards

BS.02.05. Examine and perform scientific procedures using microbes, DNA, RNA, and proteins in a laboratory.