DNA Fingerprinting Lab
Go to the the PBS NOVA Killer's Trail: It Takes a Lickin' webpage.
Use the information you find in this link to answer the questions below. If you want a hardcopy/offline version of the questions, click here to download a copy. When you are finished, place your work in your notebook.
**Read the background information under The Crime.
Jimmy discovered that his _________ had been disturbed.
What had happened to it?
Who are the suspects?
Explain how Jimmy will discover who disturbed his belongings.
**Proceed to Part II.
Follow the procedures (in the correct order) to complete the DNA fingerprinting. Move the icons to the appropriate places. After each step, write a description of what you did and why.
Be careful! Complete the steps in the correct order because if you make a mistake, you will have to start over again.
Compare the DNA fingerprint samples. Who was the culprit?
Now, click on Science in the Courtroom at the bottom of the page.
What are the 4 reasons why Judge Chernoff thinks judges should be informed about DNA fingerprinting techniques?
What does Judge Chernoff think will be the biggest problem judges and the law will face?
Go the Cleared by DNA webpage to see how use of DNA fingerprinting has affected people who had been convicted and were serving jail time for the crime. You may be surprised!