Using harry potter to introduce students to DNA fingerprinting & forensic Science

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Abstract

This lesson uses characters from the Harry Potter series of novels as a "hook" to stimulate students' interest in introductory forensic science. Students are guided through RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism) analysis using inexpensive materials and asked to interpret data from a mock crime scene. Importantly, the lesson provides an opportunity to discuss limitations of using DNA fingerprinting for forensic purposes and addresses a common misconception that the sophisticated science involved in crime-scene analysis is infallible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-244
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Biology Teacher
Volume72
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

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Forensic Sciences
crime
DNA Fingerprinting
Crime
DNA fingerprinting
students
offense
Students
science
Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphisms
restriction fragment length polymorphism
student
forensic sciences

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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