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Toronto Catholic District School Board

DNA Fingerprint Lab - Gr.12 Biology
Ontario Science Centre - Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Using hair follicles, Mr. Noble’s Grade 12 Biology students worked with current biotechnology techniques and equipment in this hands-on workshop at the Ontario Science Centre.  The students had an opportunity to amplify their DNA using polymerase chain reactions and see their own DNA bands (which are unique to the student) using gel electrophoresis.
DNA fingerprinting is currently used both for identifying paternity or maternity and for identifying criminals or victims. There is discussion of using DNA fingerprinting as a sort of personal identifier as well, although the viability of this is debatable.
By Mr. Noble
Get Microsoft SilverlightMr Noble's DNA Rap
Please Note: The above Quicktime video was adapted from
"BioRap" by Dr. Susan Fisher, College of Biological Sciences, Ohio State University.