This is my DNA Evidence lecture given in a forensics class about types of evidence that contain DNA. It also describes Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and DNA Fingerprinting by electrophoresis in detail. There is also an embedded youtube video in the prezi and the powerpoint. The content in the prezi and powerpoint are identical so it is just a matter of choice for the teacher. Do you want to use the free prezi or purchase the powerpoint from my TPT store?
- DNA Structure
- Polymerase Chain Reaction
- Gel Electrophoresis
- DNA Fingerprinting
- Types of DNA Evidence
The prezi above is available for free and there is a student note-guide available in my TPT store, plus a powerpoint version of the prezi if you prefer that format:
This lecture takes approximately 75 minutes depending on how much detail and examples are given. It is good to use in a Forensics course in high school or introductory college level setting. It includes a refresher section but most students have had some introductory biology so they have been exposed to DNA structure and replication.
Here are some of the best links to resources on DNA evidence:
Have you found a good resource about DNA evidence that should be part of this list? Add it in the comments so we can put it in the list too!
Looking for some new inspiration for your Forensics course? The following list of websites are all related to Fingerprint and Impression Evidence and can be used as either teacher or student resources.
Check them out on Symbaloo, or see the list of links below:
Britain’s CSI School – Footprints – The One Show – YouTube
Superglue Fuming Tips
How-to Video Presentations
Latent Print Evidence Collection
Fingerprint Analysis: How It’s Done
Fingerprints’ hidden secrets – Click – BBC News – YouTube
Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) – YouTube
Where Do Fingerprints Come From? – YouTube
Do you have any great resources to add to this list? Please post them in the comments and I’ll update the list!
This is a great virtual autopsy activity for a Forensics course or unit on pathology or anatomy. Students visit a website that has 18 different examples of autopsies with lab results for each body system. Students record all relevant information and then try to determine the cause of death. This can be used as an introduction to the unit, as an activity within the unit, or even as a great sub plan! Best part, we don’t have to view a real autopsy!
Here is the link to the website used in the activity: http://www.le.ac.uk/pathology/teach/va/titlpag1.html
The following handouts are available from my store for a very low price. Click here to get the handouts.
Virtual Autopsy Student Handout (MS Word File)
Virtual Autopsy Student Handout (PDF)
My students love this project, even seniors who are nearing the end of their high school days! Each file is included as both a PDF and Word document so you can customize as needed. Please comment your questions, suggestions, or successes!